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    Lindbergh accepts congratulations from William MacCracken, recipient of the first pilot's license issued by the U.S. Government

    Charles A. Lindbergh Autograph Letter Signed Twice With a Holographic Postscript. Great association TLS "C.A. Lindbergh" on U.S. Embassy letterhead, one page, 8" x 10.5", Mexico, December 16, 1927. A brief letter to William MacCracken thanking him for his telegram: "Many thanks for your kind telegram of congratulations." Lindbergh adds a postscript in his hand: "Please give my best regards to Mrs. MacCracken C.A.L." MacCracken is certainly congratulating Lindbergh for receiving the Hubbard Medal, which was presented to Lindbergh on Nov. 14, 1927 by President Calvin Coolidge on behalf of the National Geographic Society. Lindbergh had earlier that year completed his historic trans-Atlantic flight to Paris. He writes this letter from Mexico having just completed the first non-stop flight from Washington D.C. to Mexico City. This flight was planned by U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Charles Morrow, who believed Lindbergh's celebrity could be used to sway public opinion in Mexico to be more favorable to U.S. relations. Morrow was correct in his assessment, and Lindbergh was greeted and cheered by large crowds throughout Mexico City. It was during this same trip that Lindbergh would meet his future wife Anne Morrow.

    William P. MacCracken
    served as the first federal regulator of aviation. He was an experienced aviator who served as a flight instructor during World War I. In 1926 Herbert Hoover appointed him as the first Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Aeronautics. MacCracken also has the distinction of being the first recipient of a pilot's license to be issued by the U.S. Government which was issued on April 6, 1927.

    Early Lindbergh letters are scarce, one dated the same year as his historic flight with such an important association is highly desirable. In very good to near fine condition with uneven toning along the top mail fold, and minor mounting remnants on verso. Letter is accompanied by a facsimile newsphoto of Lindbergh shaking hands with MacCracken in front of his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis. Harry Guggenheim, Lindbergh's financial backer, stands smiling in the background.


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