FIRST LADY BESS W. TRUMAN - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/05/1975 - HFSID 87073
Sale Price $270.00
BESS W. TRUMAN
Bes Truman sends a typed letter of thanks for the Agatha Christie bookplate.
Typed Letter Signed: "Bess W. Truman", 1p, 6x8¼. Independence, Missouri, 1975 February 5. On her personal embossed stationery to Mr. Jakie Lee Pruett, Clute, Texas. In full: "I read your letter with interest and thank you so much for your thoughtfulness in sending me the Agatha Christie bookplate, which I am glad to have. She is one of the best! I regret that I cannot supply you with the information you desire as it is not possible for me to adequately answer the number of questions I receive, and having declined to do so many others, it would not be fair to them to make an exception in your case, much as I would wish to. With best wishes, Sincerely," Mrs. Truman celebrated her 90th birthday eight days after writing this letter, becoming the first and only First Lady (until Lady Bird Johnson in 2002) to reach that age. She died in 1982 at the age of 97. Her love of Agatha Christie's mysteries was passed on to her daughter, Margaret, a best-selling author of crime novels. 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". Slightly creased. Fine condition.
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