Jacqueline Kennedy Autograph Note Signed – From London in 1965


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First Lady, wife of President John F. Kennedy.  Autograph note signed (ANS) “Jacqueline Kennedy”, on 5×4.25 black-bordered card, note of appreciation to her chauffeur during her visit to England in May 1965, in full:

For Dennis

with deep appreciation

Jacqueline Kennedy

London, May 1965

Accompanied by original envelope with “Dennis” in Jackie’s hand.

After President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, the nation mourned.  Nations around the world were deeply affected as well. The British were so moved that they decided to place a memorial to President Kennedy’s memory at Runnymede, the site of the signing of the Magna Carta, to be jointly dedicated by Queen Elizabeth II and Mrs. Kennedy. This was seen in the United States as an extraordinary and singular honor. The memorial text read: “Let every Nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend or oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and success of liberty.”

The dedication took place on May 14, 1965. It was a time of healing for the President’s widow, who used it as a time to bring together close friends and family, for whom Jack’s memory was strong and powerful.  She brought the children, John Jr.  and Caroline.  “For everyone else Jack has receded…  but he has not receded for you or for me,” she said to a friend at the memorial.

This note is a nice piece from that emotional time in Jackie’s life.