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Douglas MacArthur TLS & Jean MacArthur Archive, 17 Total Letters

A group of seventeen letters comprised of autograph letters signed, typed letters signed, two telegrams, a postcard, and a Christmas card, written and/or signed by Douglas MacArthur and his wife, Jean. All are addressed to either Kitty or Jeremiah Milbank and date from 1956 to 1960. The group includes the following:

1. Typed Letter Signed "Douglas MacArthur". 1p, New York, dated January 27, 1958. Addressed to Jerry Milbank, thanking him for sending birthday wishes and flowers. Accompanied by the original Department of the Army envelope.

2. Telegram from Jean & the General. 1p, New York, dated November 25, n.y. Addressed to the Milbanks, thanking them for sending flowers and wishing them a happy Thanksgiving.

3. Telegram from Jean. 1p, New York, dated December 1956. Addressed to the Milbanks, thanking them for sending flowers and wishing them a happy New Year.

4. Postcard Signed "Jean". 1p, Palm Springs, Florida, dated April 18, 1957. Addressed to Kitty Milbank. Reading in full: "Hope you & Jerry have enjoyed your Florida visit. We have had a most delightful stay here, Palm Springs is lovely. We are returning next week will call soon for one of our luncheon 'dates'. Love to you & Jerry."

5. Typed Letter Signed "Jean". 1p, New York, dated November 3, n.y. Addressed to Kitty Milbank. Giving her recent news of a recent power outage at the Waldorf-Astoria and a luncheon with friends. Accompanied by the original envelope.

6. Autograph Letter Signed "Jean". 2pp of a bifolium, New York, dated October 17, 1959. Addressed to Kitty Milbank. She and her husband send their sympathies after hearing of the death of Jeremiah's brother. Accompanied by the original envelope.

7. Autograph Letter Signed "Jean". 1p of a bifolium, no place, n.d. Addressed to Kitty Milbank. Sending birthday wishes to Kitty. Accompanied by the original envelope.

8. Christmas Card Signed "Jean". 1p of a bifolium, no place, n.d. Addressed to Kitty Milbank.

9. Autograph Letter Signed "Jean". 3pp of a bifolium, New York, dated July 30, 1957. Addressed to Kitty Milbank. Reading in part: "…can understand how much you enjoyed seeing your Honolulu family but know how happy you must be to be home again…anxious to hear of the visit & see you again."

10. Autograph Letter Signed "Jean". 2pp of a bifolium, New York, dated December 24, 1957. Addressed to Kitty Milbank. Thanking her friend for sending a gift of plants and wishing her a happy New Year.

11. Autograph Letter Signed "Jean". 4pp of a bifolium, New York, dated August 21, 1957. Addressed to Kitty Milbank. Thanking her for sending a copy of "Bending the Twig" and a lacquer tray from Honolulu. Accompanied by the original envelope.

12. Autograph Letter Signed "Jean". 2pp of a bifolium, New York, dated December 25, 1959. Addressed to the Milbanks. Thanking her friends for the Christmas flowers and a radio-cigarette box. Accompanied by the original envelope.

13. Autograph Letter Signed "Jean". 2pp of a bifolium, New York, dated February 9, 1960. Addressed to Kitty Milbank. Thanking her for sending quail and writing "…The General will be most interested in Mr. Hoover's address & I will give to him when he gets up in his chair today…"

14. Autograph Letter Signed "Jean". 2pp of a bifolium, New York, dated April 4, 1958. Addressed to the Milbanks. Thanking them for the gift of flowers and sending Easter wishes. Accompanied by the original envelope.

15. Autograph Letter Signed "Jean". 2pp of a bifolium, New York, dated January 28, 1957. Addressed to Kitty Milbank. Thanking her for sending a gift for the General's birthday. Accompanied by the original envelope.

16. Autograph Letter Signed "Jean". 2pp of a bifolium, New York, n.d. Addressed to Kitty Milbank. Reading in part: "Here is the 'Mercury' I spoke about last week. This is my only copy so will talk with you about it, late this afternoon - want to plan one of our luncheons before you leave…"

17. Autograph Letter Signed "Jean". 2pp of a bifolium, New York, dated December 26, 1957. Addressed to Kitty Milbank. Thanking her for sending flowers and sending her hopes that the Milbanks have a restful stay at Turkey Hill. Accompanied by the original envelope.

All of the letters have flattened mail folds, with light toning and soiling. All have bold and clear signatures. Some of the letters and envelopes have been glued together at a top corner. Very good.

Douglas MacArthur and Jean Marie Faircloth were married in a civil service on April 30, 1937. The couple had met aboard the SS President Hoover in 1935; the 55-year-old WWI hero had divorced his first wife, Louise Cromwell Brooks, in 1929, and Faircloth was a 37-year-old socialite. Douglas and Jean spent the last years of their lives living in the penthouse of the Waldorf Towers in New York. He described his wish as his "constant friend, sweetheart, and devoted support."

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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