[Dear Mr. Kennedy, I wish to inquire about the accuracy of a newspaper story concerning talks between our government and the Republic of South Africa in the area of marketing the latter's gold]
by Robert Maurer
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
August 17, 1969
Copy of a letter from Robert Maurer, editor of motive magazine, to Secretary of the Treasury David M. Kennedy inquiring about the accuracy of a newspaper story concerning talks between the U.S. government and the Republic of South Africa about marketing South Africa’s gold. Maurer says that, if the report is accurate, he would like an interview to discuss the implications of these talks. Maurer says he can only estimate that an agreement with South Africa will be interpreted as further support for apartheid by the U.S. government. Maurer says the United Methodist Church at its General Conference reaffirmed the action of the Board of World Missions to withdraw its stock portfolio of $10 million from one of the ten banks comprising a consortium that extended a revolving credit to the government of South Africa. [Note: motive magazine was a publication of the Methodist Student Movement issued by the Division of Higher Education of the Board of Education of the United Methodist Church. This PDF was made from a carbon copy of the letter; the original letter mailed was apparently on motive letterhead.]
Used by permission of Robert Maurer.
Collection: Robert E. Maurer Papers, Michigan State University Libraries Special Collections