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Barbara Bush

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“The two governors are here and their siblings bring them back down to earth!

We have laughed so hard!”

Barbara Pierce Bush, 1925–2018.  First Lady of the United States, 1989–1993.  Autograph Letter Signed, Barbara, two pages (recto and verso), 6½” x 4¼”, on engraved personal note card stationery, [no city], Florida, December 27, 1998. 

This is an warm and enjoyable letter in which Mrs. Bush speaks of her family, which was gathered “in cold Florida” with her and former President George H. W. Bush.  She writes of “the two governors,” her sons George W. Bush, then the Governor of Texas, and Jeb Bush, then the Governor-Elect of Florida, and of how their siblings kept them humble. 

Thanking a friend for gifts for her and President Bush, she writes, in full:  “Just a note to thank you and the boys—in fact all of you—for the absolutely glorious scarf.  The colors are just perfect and you were wonderful to think of us.  Actually, you were very kind to George, too!  /  We are here with 8 of our 10 children and 12 of our 14 grandchildren.  Flu bit one familyu and we are hopeful that they will join us in cold Florida for a day or two.  It is so much fun seeing our  family all together.  The two governors are here and their siblings bring them back down to earth!  We have laughed so hard!  /  Have a happy, healthy, and prosperous 1999—  /  Warmly—

Mrs. Bush was the matriarch of the Bush family.  She is the only woman who lived to see both her husband son become President of the United States.  Abigail Adams, the only other woman whose husband and son both became President, died in 1818, before John Quincy Adams was elected President in 1824.

This is a scarce fully handwritten letter by Mrs. Bush.  We have found only a few in auction archives and have sold only one other ourselves.

Mrs. Bush has written and signed this letter in blue ballpoint.   The piece is virtually pristine.  Only the PSA/DNA sticker in a blank area at the lower right keeps it from being in extra fine condition.  It is very fine.

Unframed. 

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