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unsent letter by President Harry Truman. photo: Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum

President Harry Truman occasionally practiced Abraham Lincoln’s technique of venting anger through letters that were written, but not sent. 

Truman — who at this point had been out of office for almost 9 years — was so frustrated as he read the report of the Treasurer of the United States that he wrote to the Treasurer, saying, “I don’t think that the financial advisor of God Himself would be able to understand what the financial position of the Government of the United States is, by reading your statement.”

For whatever reason, he chose not to send the letter — perhaps assuming the Treasurer would soon be hearing directly from the Almighty. 

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