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Lee Harvey Oswald ALS to His Mother "I'll let you know when we leave the Soviet Union…", Warren Commission Evidence

2pp of a bifolium, measuring 5.5" x 8", [Minsk], dated March 28, [1962]. A superb letter from future assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, addressed to his mother. Oswald, signing his letter "Lee", writes about upcoming plans to return to the United States after living for a brief period in the Soviet Union. The letter, which has numerous spelling and grammatical errors, reads in full:

"Today I received the affidavits from Mr. Phillips. You asked weather I'll be staying at your place or Robert's in Ft. Worth. I don't think I'll be staying at either but I will be visiting both. In any event I'll want to live on my own and probably will finally live in Ft. Worth or New Orleans. We will undoubtedly come by ship to the U.S. which will be a two week trip. I'll let you know when we leave the Soviet Union. I still don't know our exact day of departure yet as there are still a few things to be done before we shove off. As I said in my last letter we shall be coming probably in April. I already told you I received those clippings and so forth OK. The money situation is pretty good although I'd like to have enough to fly to the states but that’s not too likely at this time, still its not very important as regards the mode of transportation. June Lee feels fine, she already weights 11 lbs. and is 1 1/2 months old. Marina feels very well also. We are in constant touch with the Embassy so all is well. That’s about all for now. Lee.
P.S. Marina sends her love.
PPS. Today we also received your card, Thanks."

The letter has been encased in acetate, by all accounts, done by his mother Magritte to preserve the letter and to ensure that it was not tampered with by the Warren Commission. A typed label from the Warren Commission, No. 196, is adhered at upper left. With light edge toning. Boldly signed by Oswald. From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

Lee Harvey Oswald wrote this letter to his mother Marguerite Oswald in the spring of 1962, written when Oswald was reevaluating his admiration for the Soviet Union and attempting to return to the United States after having defected two and a half years earlier. Oswald had traveled to Moscow in October 1959, seeking political asylum there one month after receiving a hardship discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps. Once behind the Iron Curtain, Oswald attempted to denounce his American citizenship and expressed a fervent desire to remain in the Soviet Union. However, Oswald soon chafed at Soviet restrictions, as officials routinely surveilled Oswald and his young family (Russian wife Marina, and their newly-born infant June). Oswald appealed to the U.S. Embassy for aid, and finally, after a few months, he was able to acquire the paperwork and funds to finally return to the country he had once eschewed. This letter was among the wealth of evidence examined by the Warren Commission following John F. Kennedy's assassination to disprove any involvement by the Soviet Union in the president's death. 

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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