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Thelma Catherine "Pat" Ryan Nixon, 1912-1993.  First Lady of the United States, 1969-1974.  Autograph Letter Signed, Pat, one page, octavo, on engraved stationery of La Casa Pacifica, [San Clemente, California], [no date].  With accompanying envelope.

Mrs. Nixon thanks long-time Nixon friend and supporter William W. Stover for a Christmas tree decoration.  In full:  “The tree decoration you sent us at Christmastime is perfectly beautiful.  Our tree has sparkles thanks to your kindness!  /  With appreciation, affection, and best wishes for happiness in the new year.  /  Devotedly,  /  Pat

Mrs. Nixon is rare in autograph letters signed.  In The First Ladies of the United States:  An Historical Look at Each and Their Autograph Materials 1789-1989, Walter Ostromecki, Jr., noted that she "is extremely scarce in holograph material" and that he knew of only "a very few holograph letters."  Our research has found only four that have been sold at auction since 1993.

This beautiful letter has never been on the market before.  Mrs. Nixon has written it in blue fountain pen.  It is in very fine condition and would be extra fine were it not for the one normal horizontal fold.  The accompanying envelope is addressed in Mrs. Nixon's hand but was never mailed.




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