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December 25, 1958. Dear Steve: I a a sending you herewith, confidentially, a letter s which Hr. Eceles plans to release for Monday morning newspapers, replying to Senator Byrdfs attacks on him and others in Washington whoa Byrd denounced as "crackpots" • This is a pretty powerful letter which I think blows Byrd out of the water and may have some effect In calling public attention to factors usually overlooked in connection with the deficit, the budget, etc. % plan is to give it to the press about four ofclock this afternoon to hold for Monday release. As you know, we had a rather impressive ceremony here today for Glass and I am, therefore, hesitant about giving it out for siaultaneous publication in tomorrow1 s papers so that it sight be said that Eccles patted one Virginia Senator on the back and gave the other a swift kick. Likewise, I do not like to have it released for Christmas morning. Hence, the Monday release. I wanted you to have an opportunity to glance at it yourself before I gave it out. Faithfully, Honorable Stephen Early, Secretary to the President, The White House. ET:b