Lot 200: ALS signed "Your Brother, Lee," two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.5 x 8, April 12, . Letter to his brother Robert Oswald, written during his time in Russia. In full: "Well spring has finally come to Minsk with the snow melting and above-freezing temperatures. It looks like we'll be leaving the country in April or May, only the American side is holding us up now. The Embassy is as slow as the Russians were. How is everything at the house? I got a letter from the Marine Corps not too long ago. Then I sent them a request for a re-hearing on my undesirable discharge. I told them I would be back in the U.S. after May 25, and they could contact me through your address. Now that winter is gone, I really don't want to leave until the beginning of fall, since the spring and summer here are so nice. Marina and June are all right. June already weighs 11 lbs or so. She's real cute. Marina sends her 'hello' to the family. That's about all for now." In fine condition, with light uniform toning, a couple trivial wrinkles, and a tiny spot of soiling to the second page. Provenance: Charles Hamilton Auction No. 29, September 12, 1968; collection of Dr. John K. Lattimer.The present letter was part of Warren Commission Exhibit No. 317 and pictured on pages 877–878 of Volume XVI of the Warren Commission Hearings. Oswald traveled to the Soviet Union in 1959, where he lived for two years before deciding to return to the US. He began to arrange the correct paperwork while Marina was still pregnant—by the time of this letter their newborn daughter was two months old—and encountered bureaucratic red tape from both the US and USSR, as he expresses here. Once the exhausting process of obtaining visas was through, the Oswalds finally left the Soviet Union in June to settle in Dallas. Excellent content as he prepares to leave Russia, touching upon his life in Minsk, his new family, and his undesirable discharge from the Marine Corps.
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