December 18, 2001
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Dear President Bush,
In 1982 Pennsylvania Firebacks, Inc. sent President Ronald Reagan one of our first castings of the American Eagle fireback. This fireback had been produced to mark the two-hundredth anniversary of the American Bald Eagle as the central figure on the Great Seal of the United States.
In this time of national trial, I hope you will now accept this gift of a We the People fireback. On this cast iron fireback is the preamble to the United States Constitution, framed by the inkstand and Rising Sun chair from Independence Hall. This fireback was first produced in 1987 for the We the People 200 celebration, and has recently been reintroduced to our line.
Since 1979 we have had the pleasure of revitalizing this all-but-forgotten art form. Being an artist and a descendent of Philip Syng (1703–1789), the silversmith who crafted the inkstand used to sign the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, I feel a particular pride in his work’s connection to these historic documents, and to include it on this fireback.
As “we the people” are protected and comforted by our Constitution, may this fireback protect your hearth wall from fire while providing warmth and comfort through winter’s long nights.
J. Del Conner, President
Pennsylvania Firebacks, Inc.