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    [John F. Kennedy Assassination]. Lee Harvey Oswald Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, (11" x 8", open as shown), [Minsk]; February 15, 1962. A letter to his mother, Marguerite Oswald, sending news of the birth of his daughter. He writes: "Well, I have a little (6 lbs.) daughter, June Marina Oswald born at 10:00A.M. February 15th. How about that?! Marina feels O.K. she only took an hour and a half to give birth at the hospital. The possibility of our coming to the United States are very good although, of course, it'll be another couple of months. Marina's exit visa to leave the U.S.S.R. is good until Dec. 1, 1962 so we have no worries about the visas running out before everything is arranged. The American Embassy in Moscow sent me an application for a loan (which I requested) as they will make the money available to us as soon as everything is arranged for Marina. The only thing holding us up now is the 'affidavit of support' for Marina... If you don't have that letter from the Marine Corps telling about the discharge how about getting a copy. I would like to have some material upon which to start, before going into this discharge matter further..." Signed "Lee xxx/ Marina / June."

    Upon final discharge from the Marines, Oswald immediately began to plan his migration to the Soviet Union. Unable to apply for a visa in the United States to the Soviet Union, he submitted applications to European universities. He boarded a ship for France on September 20, 1959.

    Once in France, Oswald immediately set upon getting to the Soviet Union. He first made his way to England, and then to Finland where he applied for a visa at the Soviet embassy. Oswald received his Soviet visa on October 14, and promptly departed Finland the next day, arriving in Moscow on October 16. Oswald made immediate his intentions to renounce his American citizenship. The Soviets must have been suspicious of his zeal, because on October 21, Oswald's application for Soviet citizenship was denied. Oswald did not bear the rejection well, and made a half-hearted attempt to take his own life. Soviet authorities cautiously kept him under psychiatric observation at a hospital following this event.

    Oswald's zeal for the U.S.S.R. soon quelled, and the letter offered here details his preparations to return to the U.S. The letter was part of the evidence used in compiling the Warren Commission's Report; it is laminated and labeled "Commission No. 194". When the Commission completed its investigation, the letter was returned to Oswald's mother, Marguerite; and was later part of John Lattimer's Kennedy Assassination collection.

    Condition: Laminated. With age toning, and light creasing.

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