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    Early Jacqueline Kennedy Autograph Letter Signed A.L.S. "Jackie" on imprinted "Hammerstein Farm" letterhead, 2pp., 6.25" x 9.25", written on a train from Rhode Island, undated but likely the end of summer in 1943. The handwriting is a bit shaky from the movement of the train, and the content is very girlish in nature. She writes, in part: "This is the BUMPIEST train! It was so sad to leave this morning and go away from all the wonderful times I've had this summer + all the wonderful people and wonderful places that I love - I am about to sprinkle tears all over that little speech - It was a little better going on a bad day because if it had been a beautiful I probably would have sobbed or escaped & hot-footed it to the beach. This has been the most wonderful summer I've ever had - and you certainly helped to make it that way...Golly - Woodley - It makes me be sick to think how dreary this summer would have been without you. When I came here I was petrified of everything and pretty shy & not liking a bit the idea of going around with a lot of girls who were shallow + nothing but flirts - and talking about nothing but boys. It was so nice to find you... this sounds like a love letter - I've never seen anything so mushy in my life..." She adds a drawing of a two figures toasting each other with captions reading "Ah Ken my love of orange juice did bringeth us together" and "Ah yes Woodley my little orange pit - and it will keepeth us together." There are additional drawings of two babies and two tombstones, both presumably testifying to the longevity of Ken and Woodley's love.

    Jackie had always summered with her grandmother in East Hampton until her mother's marriage to Standard Oil heir Hugh D. Auchincloss, Jr. Thereafter, she would summer at the Auchincloss's Hammerstein Farm in Rhode Island. The reference in her letter suggests the summer stay was a new experience with unwelcome prospects; which would likely date the letter to 1943, making this holograph by Jackie at age 13 one of the earliest examples we have handled. With the usual folds, in near fine condition.


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