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ANNE MORROW LINDBERGH - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/08/1959 - HFSID 287792

Two-page letter explaining that she and her husband seek and deserve privacy because "we are private citizens, not in public life. We are not movie stars or political figures …"

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ANNE MORROW LINDBERGHTwo-page letter explaining that she and her husband seek and deserve privacy because "we are private citizens, not in public life. We are not movie stars or political figures …" Typed Letter signed: "With my sincere sympathy/Anne M. Lindbergh", 2 pages, 8½x11. Scotts Cove, Darien, Connecticut, postmarked December 8, 1959. To "Dear Mrs. Combes", in full: "I am very sorry that your appreciative letter, written in late October has not been answered before this. It has been a very crowded and busy Fall. I came home from a summer abroad to piles of unopened mail, much of which has not been dealt with yet. My husband and I have a part-time secretary to help us, but this fall she left us temporarily to have a baby. This happy event was followed by an unhappy event in our household. Our cook, and only full-time helper, had to be rushed to the hospital for an emergency operation and has been there for about 2 months, so that I have been full-time cook for my family, as well as part-time secretary, chauffeur, house-wife, Mother, etc. - since my return home. Needless to say, there has been no time for poetry and little time to get to my desk to answer mail. I was pleased that you liked The Unicorn and touched that the poems should mean something to you in this tragic moment of your life. You were good to write and tell me so. I am happy to send you, the writer of that letter, and a friend of my friend, Jean Shields, an autographed copy of my book, and one for your daughter, also. But I am afraid I cannot send you seven autographed books for you to give away at Christmas and I am enclosing your check. We really cannot handle taking orders for books or the wrapping up and mailing of them in our house. It would require a secretarial staff and turn our home into a book store. In any case, because of the innumerable demands of this kind, I have had to make it a rule not to sign books for people I do not know, and I have never autographed copies for book-store sale. My husband and I feel quire strongly that we are private citizens, not in public life. We are not movie stars or political figures running for office, who naturally desire, and take responsibility for, a public life and its demands. We try to live a very simple and quiet life in the country with the two children still at home. The setting up of an office organization to handle the mail, requests, manuscripts, etc. that still come in to us in great numbers, seems to us unjustified and a way of life in which we do not want to become involved. If I answered all the requests and mail personally I would have no time for writing books at all. I have written you at length because I felt from your sensitive letter that you would understand the situation in which I unfortunately find myself. I realize how difficult the coming season must be for you. I hope your daughter can be with you." Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001), the daughter of Wall Street lawyer and US Senator Dwight Morrow, met Charles A. Lindbergh when her father, as Ambassador to Mexico, invited the famed aviator to visit the country. The couple married in 1929, and soon became known for their joint flying exploits, charting new air routes and exploring polar regions. Anne Lindbergh received the National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal, and was enshrined in the National Aviation Hall of Fame. The aversion to publicity expressed in this letter probably had two obvious causes: the furor surrounding the tragic kidnapping and murder of their first child in 1932, and the adverse reaction to their support for isolationist policies for America in the late 1930s. After World War II, Anne Morrow Lindbergh re-emerged as an acclaimed writer of poetry (as in The Unicorn and Other Poems, 1956) and diary excerpts, War Without and Within (1980). Though there were troubles in the later years of the Lindbergh marriage, Anne remained a staunch defender of her husband's legacy after his death in 1974. First page creased with top and bottom edges lightly toned. Second page lightly creased with bottom edge stained. All corners lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.


 

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