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James Earl Carter, Jr., 1924.  39th President of the United States, 1977-1981.  Superb content Autograph Note Signed, Jimmy C., 2¼" x 3½", no date, no place.

In this extraordinary, rare note, Carter writes of the most defining event of his presidency—the overthrow of the Shah of Iran by Islamic fundamentalists.  American support for the Shah led to the capture of 52 Americans, whom Iranian militants held hostage in Teheran for 444 days. The hostage crisis largely contributed to Carter's defeat in 1980.

Here Carter appears to respond to critical comments by the Shah's widow, Empress Farah Pahlavi, in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer on March 21, 2004, by defending his own actions.  In full:  "To Miles:  The Shah's wife's comments are mistaken.   We helped him in every way possible–

Carter sometimes responds to letters to him by writing notes in the margins of the letters or photocopies of them.  This appears to be a response written on a copy of the original letter and later clipped from it.  Carter has boldly penned and signed the note in jet black ink. 

This small handwritten note is in extra fine condition.  It has been handsomely triple matted in moutarde suede with an inlaid black fillet, an engraved brass identification plate, and a photograph of a serious Carter announcing the imposition of sanctions against Iran.  It is framed in a black wood frame.

Carter's handwritten material is scarce, and material with such outstanding content is rare.


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