Autograph Letter Signed to Tennessee Williams
July, 1968. A long, warm autograph letter signed from Kennedy to Williams, written in the month following Robert Kennedy's assassination, and apparently replying to a letter written prior to that event, in which Williams had asked if he may dedicate a play to her, and apparently also asking if his being for Robert Kennedy might cost RFK more votes than it would gain him. Kennedy calms Williams on both counts. In part: "All your life you may dedicate to me whatever tiny scrap of paper or huge play you wish. It would be an honor -- and a gift that would always almost bring tears...You know that I will always think that anything you do is noble -- and my husband and brother-in-law thought that too." Signed, "I'll always be your friend. Love, Jackie." Just shy of 200 words, running two sides of one sheet of blue Kennedy stationery, with the Kennedy coat of arms embossed in white at the top. With a hand-addressed mailing envelope included, addressed to Williams in Key West, signed "Jacqueline Kennedy," (unfortunately in the corner under the postmark), with the hand-written return address of Hyannis Port on the verso. Several faint stains to both the letter and the envelope, not affecting legibility. A touching letter, revealing both the gracefulness for which she was well-known throughout her life, and also her literary sensibility as an admirer of Williams and his writing. Near fine, in an 11-1/2" x 9" double-sided frame. [#032299] SOLD

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