Robert F. Kennedy 1963 Typed Letter Signed as Attorney General – To Arthur Goldberg


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The United States Attorney General from 1961 to 1964 and a US Senator from New York from 1965 until his assassination in 1968. He was one of U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s younger brothers, and also one of his most trusted advisers and worked closely with the President during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He also made a significant contribution to the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

Typed letter signed (TLS) “Bob” one page, 7×9, December 9, 1963, the Attorney General Washington stationery.  Letter to Supreme Court Justice Arthur Goldberg, addressed to him at The Supreme Court, in full:

We are planning to give Jackie a gift and are in the process of choosing it now.  We want to put the names of those who were intimately associated with her and the President during the last three years.  We would like to include your name if you are agreeable.

After I find out the cost of the gift I will send you a note asking for the donation of your share.

In apparent fine condition, unexamined out of frame.

Simply amazing letter sent less than three weeks after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Jackie Kennedy had to vacate the White House just three days earlier, on December 6, 1963 to make room for Lyndon Johnson and his family.  She temporarily moved to a borrowed home in Georgetown, where she struggled with depression following the death of her husband.  On February 4, 1964, Jackie moved to her permanent home in Washington, DC.  Robert F. Kennedy, Attorney General at the time, was also struggling with his brother’s death but wanted to comfort Jackie as best as he could.  He arranged a gift for her, as evidenced in this letter to Goldberg.  RFK chose to present Jackie with a magnificent gold coffee service, with a tray engraved with the signatures of members of the Kennedy cabinet.  Rather than have the gift simply come from him, he arranged for it to be a joint gift from cabinet members and other Kennedy intimates.

RFK would send a follow-up letter to all contributors, requesting their presence at Jackie’s house on February 26, 1964.  He also asked for $25 as their contribution to the gift.

The housewarming event was held on February 26, 29164 at Jackie’s N Street house.  President and Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson were present, along with members of the late President’s cabinet, JFK intimates Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (White House aide), David Bell (foreign aid director), Angier Biddle Duke (State Department protocol chief), Gen. Maxwell Taylor (chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff), Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg, Pierre Salinger (White House press secretary), and numerous wives. LBJ brought along three pens with which he had signed a historic tax bill President Kennedy had pushed, and gave one each to Mrs. Kennedy and her two children. Then the Cabinet presented the gold coffee service.