MILLIE CONSIDINE - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/03/1961 - HFSID 30545
MILLIE CONSIDINE After one of her columns offended Princess Grace of Monaco, she wrote the princess this letter of explanation and apology. Accompanied by original mailing envelope. Typed letter signed "Millie Considine" in red ink. 2 pages, 7¼x10½, single-sided pages.
Sale Price $180.00
After one of her columns offended Princess Grace of Monaco, she wrote the princess this letter of explanation and apology. Accompanied by original mailing envelope.
Typed letter signed "Millie Considine" in red ink. 2 pages, 7¼x10½, single-sided pages. Red ink notations (unknown hand) at top of both pages give the name of her husband, Bob Considine. Dated "Nov. 3". In full: "Dear Grace, I can't tell you how sorry I am I caused you any unhappiness over the DIPLOMAT piece. Since I am very fond of both you and the Irish I wouldn't voluntarily do any-thing to hurt either of you. Believe me I was not trying to 'fill a column of exaggerate to stimulate public interest'. When you told us during what to me was a pleasant dinner with you at the Son Vida the amusing experience you'd had with people claiming relationship to you in Ireland you did not at any time say your conservation was off the record. And since two writers were present you must have known that what you did not avow as off the record would be written. Of course you long since know that every word you utter is of public interest. Jerry Zerbe, Bob and I all thought it was a charming story and I wrote it just as you told it. How could I have known about the Church having to separate the relatives according to their degree of closeness to you unless you told me? How could I have known about the old lady reading the long poem unless you told us? It seemed particularly timely in my column since so much coverage has been given to the hundreds of people in Ireland claiming relationships to President Kennedy. In our small way Bob and I got the same thing when we were in Ireland, and we were amused and flattered just as you were. Since Bob is so much better reporter and has so much better member than I as a result of having to remember word for word long interviews with such people as Khurs-chev, I had him read the c olumn over before I sent it in to make sure I had the facts right. He and I both had tremendous affection for your father, and he would not have let me send it in if he had thought it was insulting to either you or your relatives. I did not see the Irish paper that picked up my column. However a UPI newspaperman called me today and said you had written letter to three Irish papers about the matter. From what he told me of the Irishs story the interpretation was altered just enough to put a whole new light on what I had written. A whole idea can be changed sometimes by leaving out a couple of words. Apparently the Irish paper quoted me as saying 'she kept us in stitches with stories about her recent trip to Ireland and her relatives'. What I wrote was 'she kept us in stitches with stories about her recent trip to Ireland and efforts of hundreds of person there to claim her as a distant cousin. It took the Archbishop himself to separate the real relatives from the claimants'.,etc. I can only repeat I certainly meant no offense to you or your relatives, and I'm desperately sorry I caused you anguish. Sincerely,". Lightly soiled and creased. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition. Accompanied by: Original mailing envelope. Lead pencil and red ink notations and red pencil marks in unknown hand and purple ink stamp. 7½x3¾. Postmarked New York City, Nov. 4, 1961. Addressed to H. S. Princess Grace de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco. One 15-cent Statue of Liberty stamp affixed. Normal postal stamps. Lightly soiled and creased. Lightly rounded and worn bottom corners. Flap has been torn open with paper loss on verso (no show-through). Otherwise in fine condition. Millie Considine was the wife of Hearst columnist and screenwright Bob Considine. She was also a columnist and the author of two books: Wills, A Dead Giveaway and Just a Minute, Mrs. Gulliver: Being the Account of the Travels and Travails of One Mrs. Bob Considine in the Wicked Cities of the World. Normal mailing folds. Fine condition.
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