Lot 78: War-dated ALS signed "Ike," three pages, lightly-lined, 8 x 10.25, [March 26, 1944]. Fantastic letter to his wife, Mamie. In part: "I'm so glad you like your coat. Nothing I ever tried to buy caused me as much grief and trouble as that did. But as long as you like it, all the trouble and misunderstanding was well worth while…A V-mail just arrived from Johnny. He said he had 80 days to go, and is still scratching his head over 'branch!' It's a tough one, but he must decide for himself. He had just received a note from you, and said 'Mom is fine.' It has been some days since I've had a direct letter from you…The pressure stays up at a high level—but I think I carry the burdens sufficiently well to keep my equilibrium. It would be a lot easier if I could see you if only for an hour a week. I wish so often and so much for you. Must be I love you!!" Superbly matted and framed with a photo of Eisenhower to an overall size of 24 x 29. In fine condition. Oversized.During this period Eisenhower was busy planning for the invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord, which has come to be known as D-Day—an understandably stressful time as he painstakingly prepared the greatest amphibious assault in history. Despite the pressure and sleepless nights, Eisenhower's vitality shines through in this wonderful letter home to his beloved wife, providing an intimate glimpse into his personal relationships. His son John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower was about to graduate from West Point, ironically graduating on June 6, 1944—the same day that Eisenhower was commanding the Normandy landings. An amazing letter from this pivotal time in both his family and military life.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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