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Jacqueline B. Kennedy

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Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, 1929-1994.  First Lady, 1961-1963.  Excellent content Typed Letter Signed, Jacqueline Kennedy, with holograph postscript, one page, 8" x 10¼", on black-bordered mourning stationery of Mrs. John F. Kennedy, [no place], May 7, 1964.

A widow for just over five months, Mrs. Kennedy poignantly thanks the president of Continental Air Lines for an "extremely generous" contribution and pledge to build the John F. Kennedy Library.  In full:  "Stephen Smith has just advised me of your extremely generous contribution and pledge to the President's Library, and it is with my deepest appreciation that I write to thank you for your generosity.  /  The President often expressed his hope that some day a Library might be built, and he had planned on devoting much of his future time to such a project.  Now we must do that for him, and I can assure you it will be the finest President's Library ever.  /  The Library will serve as a perpetual memorial to him, and the support of Continental Air Lines will help tremendously in making our goal a reality."  In the handwritten postscript, she adds:  "It is so wonderful of you to work so hard for the Library now—I could never express my appreciation."

Mrs. Kennedy was a very private person, and her letters with such effusive, personal language are not common.   

She has signed and written the postscript in black ballpoint pen.  The letter has one horizontal mailing fold, and there are mounting remnants on the reverse that show through somewhat to the front, but none affects the signature.  The letter is in fine condition.




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