CHARLES A. LINDBERGH - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/20/1967 - HFSID 76342
Sale Price $1,530.00
CHARLES A. LINDBERGH. TLS: "Charles A. Lindbergh", 1p,
8¼x10. Switzerland, 1967 July 20. To Warner E. Gilmore, General Manager,
Hotel Indonesia, Djakarta, Indonesia. In part: "Naturally I am
following the Sultan's suggestion in regard to postponing the trip to Indonesia.
I was ready to accompany him on his July 20th expedition, and personally
would have enjoyed very much doing so...I am glad it was postponed. I hope very
much though that there will be another opportunity as I am fascinated with
Indonesia in many ways and would like to know the country and the people
better...I can not over-emphasize my appreciation to you for the great
assistance you gave me during the weeks I spent in Indonesia. Your ability,
initiative, tact, and contact with members of the government were of the
greatest value. I have already informed Pan American officers of this
fact...." In 1927, Charles A. Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo
across the Atlantic. From 1954-1974, Lindbergh embarked on conservation and
wildlife preservation expeditions. He later recalled his 1967 trip to Indonesia
mentioned in this letter (from "Lindbergh & Conservation" by
Alden Whitman, "The New York Times", June 23, 1969): "I've been active,
too, in Indonesia. I've been there twice, first in 1967, in an effort to
deal with the critical situation of one-horned Javan rhinoceros. There are only
a few of them left in Udjung Kulon, their only habitat, because they are widely
hunted for their horns. It is widely believed in Asia that powdered horn from
this rhinoceros will surely restore a man's virility, and this superstition is
enough to have reduced the herd to between 20 and 25. I visited the Udjung
Kulon-I never did see a rhino, though-and was able to understand the problems of
guarding the rhino preserve from poachers. Now, after talking to Indonesian
officials who want to save the animal and with some help from the World Wildlife
Fund, I think we've got the problem of guarding the remaining rhinos from
hunters in hand." Lightly creased. Folds, vertical fold touches the "r" in
Charles, else fine condition.
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