ESTHER CHRISTINE (MRS. ROBERT GODDARD) GODDARD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 03/31/1966 - HFSID 165681
ESTHER CHRISTINE GODDARD Esther Christine Goddard signed this typed letter in 1966. It accompanied the autograph of her husband, rocketry pioneer Robert H. Goddard. Typed letter signed "Esther C. Goddard" in blue ink. 1 page, 5¾x7. March 31, 1966. Addressed to the Reverend Starr H.
Sale Price $450.00
ESTHER CHRISTINE GODDARD
Esther Christine Goddard signed this typed letter in 1966. It accompanied the autograph of her husband, rocketry pioneer Robert H. Goddard.
Typed letter signed "Esther C. Goddard" in blue ink. 1 page, 5¾x7. March 31, 1966. Addressed to the Reverend Starr H. Lloyd, Indianapolis, Indiana. In full: "Dear Rev. Lloyd: Please forgive the delay in reply-ing to your kind letter of the fifteenth. I have been away from Worcester for several weeks. Enclosed is a signature of my husband [not enclosed], the last one that I have. Some time ago, I gave to Clark University all of the 'Goddard papers' for preservation in its new Goddard Library on its campus. Therefore the signatures on letters and memoranda are no longer mine to give. But this signature was set aside before I made the gift, so that it may properly go to you. I was interested that your family settled in Boston in 1635, for my husband's parent both had ancestors who settled in nearby Watertown in the early 1600's. At Roswell, New Mexico, one of our close friends was a teacher at the New Mexico Military Institute, Col. Dwight L. Starr, now retired and serving as museum director at the Starr Commonwealth for Boys at Albion, Michigan. Perhaps you know this branch of the family. Sincerely, (Mrs. Robert H. Goddard)". ESTHER CHRISTINE KISK (1902-1982) was a secretary at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts when she met Robert H. Goddard, the first man to launch a liquid-fueled rocket, in 1919. They married in 1924, and Esther quickly became invaluable to Robert's work. She photographed his work, fought the inevitable brush fires from his tests, sewed parachutes and deciphered his notes, which reportedly she alone could read. After his death in 1945, she got him patents on his inventions and fought those who stole from his work. Of the 214 patents that Robert Goddard had, over half - 131 in all - were posthumous ones secured by Esther. Folds and creases, which do not touch signature. Paper clip impression at top left corner. Otherwise in fine condition.
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