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Hubert H. Humphrey

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From the Estate of Llewellyn E. Thompson,

United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union

I just wanted to say hello and let you know that friendly thoughts are coming your way.

Hubert Horatio Humphrey, 1911-1978.  Vice President of the United States, 1965-1969; United States Senator from Minnesota, 1949-1964, 1971-1978.  Typed Letter Signed, Hubert H., one page, 6¼" x 8¾", on engraved personal stationery, Washington, D.C., March 5, 1970.

This is a friendly letter in which Humphrey, the former Vice President and 1968 Republican presidential nominee, sends good wishes to Ambassador Llewellyn Thompson during his hospitalization.  In full:  "My sister told me that you are in the hospital.  I do hope the problem isn't serous and that you will be up and around and back home soon.  /  These periods of hospitalization are an ordeal and can be a lonely experience.  I just wanted to say hello and let you know that friendly thoughts are coming your way."

Thompson (1904-1972) was a career American diplomat who served at a critical time in history as the United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union under Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B Johnson.  He joined the Foreign Service in 1928, and during his long and distinguished career he served as the United States Ambassador to Austria from 1955 to 1957 before Eisenhower appointed him Ambassador to the Soviet Union in 1957.  Kennedy reappointed him to Moscow in 1961.  He resigned in 1962, but Johnson reappointed him in 1967, and he served until 1969.  He also held the posts of Career Ambassador and Ambassador At Large.  He was part of the Executive Committee to the National Security Council, or ExComm, which advised Kennedy during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, and he was present at Johnson's summit with Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin at Glassboro, New Jersey, in June 1967.  He came out of retirement to advise President Richard Nixon on the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) negotiations with the Soviet Union and represented the United States in the SALT talks from 1969 until he died in 1972.

This is a wonderful example of Humphrey's humanity and thoughtfulness.  Humphrey has signed this letter in black felt-tipped pen.  The letter has a single horizontal mailing fold, which is well removed from Humphreyʼs bold signature, and a couple of unobtrusive handling bends.  Overall the letter is in fine to very fine condition.

Provenance:  This letter comes directly from the Thompson estate.  It has never been offered on the autograph market before.


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