FIRST LADY JACQUELINE B. KENNEDY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/11/1968 - HFSID 295436
She adds a handwritten note a to typed letter to René Verdon, her chef at the White House, written on her personal stationery in the aftermath of Robert Kennedy's assassination and accompanied by RFK's funeral card.
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JACQUELINE B. KENNEDY She adds a handwritten note a to typed letter to René Verdon, her chef at the White House, written on her personal stationery in the aftermath of Robert Kennedy's assassination and accompanied by RFK's funeral card. Typed Letter signed, with holographic closing: "Jacqueline Kennedy", 1 page, 5¼x7¾. No place, 1968 July 11. On her personal stationery to "Dear René". In full (handwritten passage boldfaced): "I was so touched by your letter. It means so much at this sad time." [signature] "I do thank you, dear René, with all my heart. As ever, affectionately". Accompanied by 1) Original transmittal envelope bearing Mrs. Kennedy's frank, addressed to Rene Verdon in New York City; 2) Robert Kennedy's funeral card, bearing his photo on one side and printed text on verso, including remarks by RFK following the death of Martin Luther King. Born Jacqueline Bouvier in 1929, Jackie married John F. Kennedy in 1953. The third-youngest first lady, she left behind no policy initiatives but set a high standard for style and grace in her person and in the White House, and with her tragic dignity after her husband's assassination. From 1968 until his death in 1975, she was married to Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. From 1978 to 1994 she was an editor at Doubleday in New York. Joseph P. Kennedy, Jackie's father in law, referred to in this letter as sick but still living, died on November 18, 1969. Although she influenced and wrote introductions for many other books, Jackie left no finished memoirs of her own. A manuscript like this one therefore offers rare insights into the memories of the First Lady of Camelot. John and Jackie Kennedy met René Verdon (1924-2011) while Verdon was assistant chef at the Carlyle Hotel, where the Kennedy's had a penthouse. One of Jackie's first initiatives as First Lady was to hire Verdon as a White House Chef and his culinary achievements soon earned him a permanent position. The cuisine served at White House state dinners, replacing the institutional fare previously prepared by naval stewards and caterers, was considered newsworthy, and enhanced the Kennedy's reputation for White House style and elegance. Unhappy with President Johnson's preference for traditional southern cooking, and for cutting costs, Verdon left the White House in 1965. He subsequently published several cookbooks, beginning with The White House Chef (1967), and opened a celebrated restaurant, Le Trianon, in San Francisco. His last book, In the Kennedy Style, was published in 2010. Mailing fold through center. Otherwise, fine condition.
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