A letter to Atatürk from an American child

Asa Curtis LaFrance (10 years old).  October 28, 1923

His letter read: ” … I am very much interested in Turkey and the Turkish government. I read an interview with you and Mrs Kemal recently. I have a notebook on Turkey and already collected many articles and photographs of you and Mrs. Kemal. Please send a signed photograph of you to this American boy. I hope to visit Turkey someday.” 

Atatürk’s reply:

November 27, 1923

” … Thank you for your interest and thoughts on Turkey. As requested, I am enclosing a photograph of myself. My only recommendation to the hard working and intelligent youth of America is not to believe everything said about Turks as truth and to base their studies on scientific research….”

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