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Lady Bird Johnson

 

Lady Bird Johnson, 1912–2007.  First Lady of the United States, 1963-1969.  Typed Letter Signed, Lady Bird Johnson, one page, 8” x 10½”, January 12, 1959, on stationery of the United States Senate, Office of the Democratic Leader. 

The future First Lady, the wife of Lyndon Baines Johnson, writes to thank Arthur Clarendon Smith for his letter, perhaps with respect to Johnson’s own plans to seek the presidency in 1960.  She tells him to “please do know that we appreciate your confidence!  Lyndon will always try to be worthy of it.”  She has underlined the words “do know” by hand and has changed the period at the end of the first sentence to an exclamation mark.

The letter has cellophane tape on the corners from prior mounting, small ring binder damage spots on the left edge of the paper, a crease in the lower left well away from the text, and normal mailing folds.  Overall the letter is in fine condition.

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