Lot 63: ALS signed "Jackie," two pages both sides, 5 x 7.75, no date but postmarked July 20, 1954. Letter to Miss Shirley Oakes. In part: "It would be such heaven if we could do something in the beginning of Sept—before you go back to work & me back to moving into a new house—Just the thought of the fun we could—& have had in Europe together makes me wish I could get you to sign a contract in blood that we'd do it every year!…The Kennedys have rented a house near Cannes for August—They want Jean & I to spend the last week there—Blissful as that sounds' I think it will be rather a family week…But then for the next 2 weeks I don't know what to do…I would like to go to Rome for a few days & get some clothes & look at paintings…Would you like to meet me in Rome then…We'll definitely be in DC till the beginning of August…I wish you would move in with us next year & be Jack's legislative assistant!" In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in her own hand. John and Jackie Kennedy had gotten married less than a year earlier in September 1953, and the lease on their first home together expired in June 1954. They moved back to one of Jackie's childhood homes—the Merrywood estate in Virginia, as she amends the letterhead on this letter—as John was due to undergo a risky back surgery in October and would need time to recuperate. A lengthy, desirable piece of correspondence from early in the Kennedy marriage.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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