FIRST LADY GRACE COOLIDGE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 257197
Sale Price $467.50
Grace Coolidge writes a scarce autograph letter to the wife of her husband's Postmaster General while first lady.
Scarce Autograph Letter Signed: "Grace C." as First Lady, 2p, 5¼x4¼. The White House, Washington, no date. To Mrs. New. In full: "Thank you for your note of welcome. I am glad to be back again after a most satisfactory summer. If you are going to be free Thursday afternoon I should love to see you around about 4 o'clock in the afternoon - or, if you had rather come in the morning - 11 o'clock. Just give me a ring." Paper clip stain at top left blank margin. Light ink stains. Fine condition. With original White House envelope addressed by Mrs. Coolidge to: "Mrs. New/Hemlock Hedge/Edgemore". Marked by her in the upper right: "By messenger". Lightly soiled, pencil notes (unknown hand on verso). Fine condition. Harry S. New, Republican Senator from Indiana from 1917-1923, was appointed Postmaster General by President Harding and served from February 27, 1923 through the entire Coolidge presidency to March 3, 1929. Mrs. Coolidge was called her husband's greatest asset because of her warm, giving ways in contrast to her quiet husband. Forbidden by Coolidge to speak in public, she once answered reporters in sign language for the deaf. Coolidge set her schedule and would not let her fly in a plane, bob her hair, wear short skirts or ride a horse. The White House staff called her "Sunshine". Two items.
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