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Jacqueline Kennedy TLS to "Dearest Dave" Powers, JFK Staffer and Family Friend

1p typed letter signed, measuring 5.25" x 7.5", New York, dated April 19, 1972. Addressed to former Special Assistant and assistant Appointments Secretary to President Kennedy, David Powers. Jackie has handwritten the salutation, "Dearest Dave" and signed at the conclusion, "much love Jackie." The typed note reads in part: "I am glad people are able to see all you have done for the Library and it was such a touching letter that Ambassador Cadieux wrote to you…"

In the lower blank margin of the letter, the former First Lady has handwritten an additional message, reading in full: "and thank you for all your other letters dearest Dave - you are the most dear & loyal friend who ever lived - 'when the going gets tough, the tough start looking for Encyclicals' XO - thank you again." The letter is accompanied by its original envelope and a certificate of authentication from David Power's estate. The letter has flattened mail folds and faint soiling at the top left corner from a removed paper clip. Boldly signed. Usual wear to the envelope. From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

David Powers (1912-1998) served on Kennedy's staff, first when Kennedy was a senator and then later when he became president. Powers remained a close friend to the Kennedy family following the president's death, and in 1964, he became a museum curator at the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, a position he held until his retirement in 1994.

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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