FIRST LADY BESS W. TRUMAN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 253883
Sale Price $270.00
Bess Truman sends an autograph letter of thanks for the books.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Bess Truman", 2p, 5x3½, separate conjoined sheets of her monogrammed BWT notepaper. No place or date, but with original envelope, 5-cent stamp postmarked Independence, Mo., [year illegible, but 1960s] May 16. Addressed by Mrs. Truman to: "Mr. Leonard Lyons/1 West 81st Street/New York/NY".In full: "Thank you so very much for the many books you have sent us recently. We are still enjoying them. I see that Sylvia and you are 'commuting' again. We greatly appreciated your thoughtful card. You must enjoy these trips tremendously. My best to both of you." LEONARD LYONS (1906-1976) was a well-known and respected Broadway columnist who wrote "The Lyons Den" in the "New York Post" from 1934-1974. Bess Truman loved to read mysteries. In 1919, 35-year-old Harry S Truman married 34-year-old Elizabeth "Bess" Wallace. When six-year old Harry Truman first met five-year-old Bess Wallace in a Sunday School class at the First Presbyterian Church in Independence, Missouri. Harry later said it was love at first sight. At his death in 1972, Harry and Bess Truman had been married for 53 years but they had known each other for an incredible 82 years! On her first day in the White House, First Lady Bess Truman made breakfast, made the bed, washed dishes, dusted, vacuumed and then read a detective novel, The Crimson Claw. Unlike her predecessor, Eleanor Roosevelt, she gave no press conferences and usually responded to any questions with a terse: "No comment". She tried to curb her husband's salty, blunt language. When one society matron complained that the President had used the word "manure" in public, Bess replied that it had taken her 20 years to get him to say "manure". At her death in 1982 at 97, she had lived longer than any other First Lady. Her daughter Margaret, who celebrated her 80th birthday on February 17th, has written 14 mystery novels whose titles begin with the word "Murder" including Murder in the White House (1980) and Murder on Capitol Hill (1981) which were published while her mother was alive. Her latest is Murder at the Library of Congress (1999). Envelope slightly soiled. Letter in fine condition.
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