American businessman and entrepreneur (1875–1971) who built a chain of eponymous retail stores and pioneered employee profit sharing.
Typed letter signed (TLS) “J.C. Penney”, January 11, 1943, 7.25×10.5, personal stationery, to Dr. Merle A. Frampton from the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind, in full:
Thank you for your very nice letter of January eighth which I find awaiting me this morning.
Am pleased to know that you know of Penney Farms through one of your friends. Sometime I hope you may be able to visit there for I am sure you would sense the wonderful spiritual and cultural atmosphere that pervades the place, occupied, as it is, by a large number of spiritual, cultured persons. I always get an uplift every time I go even for a brief stay.
It was a pleasure for me to make your acquaintance and I shall hope to see more of you. I shall be in New York all winter, as far as I know (unless it may become necessary for me to take a trip to the Middle West). I used to go to Florida every winter but have not done so now for about twelve years, excepting for a day or two at Penney Farms.
Am glad to know that you are acquainted with Dr. Poling and that you will make it a point to attend the April 22d meeting in New York, if possible, and to speak to Dr. Poling. I wish I could attend, but I expect to be in Missouri at that time.
Minor handling wear, else fine. Docketing stamp at top right.