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    Grace Coolidge Archive of Autograph Letters Signed and Greeting Cards. Over 25 letters with three Christmas cards, all addressed to James and Joan Haley, spanning the years 1924 to 1956. James Haley was a Secret Service agent who was part of the security team for the Coolidges. The family stayed in touch with the Haleys even after they left the White House. The First Lady was empathetic of the sacrifice made by James in service to the President, and of the toll that it took on his wife and family. Her friendship and gratitude is evident in many of her letters, especially in the highlights cited below.

    In an undated letter (circa 1926) on the recent wedding of Herbert Hoover's son (on a note card front and back, 5.25" x 4") she writes to Joan: "The Secretary of Commerce, Mr. Hoover, has been here for a day and he says that his son and his wife, recently married, have made the journey from California to Maine, camping along the way. He told them he considered this undertaking the most severe test possible of this love for one another. I said nothing but I thought all to myself - 'Not half so severe a test as one in which I am interested when a man and a woman three days married separate for over a month.' And so, I am glad those two are to have a few days to-gether - from this and I am confident that the test has been a proof that the love is true." No doubt she is referring to the separation the Haleys endured at the start of their marriage, while John was still serving on President Coolidge's secret service detail.

    In a letter (front and back of a note card 5.25" x 4") dated July 31, 1926, Grace writes to Joan of her husband's devotion to her: "...Your man misses you a lot and I think it surprised him to find how much. You are sure of a glad welcome."

    After Calvin Coolidge's sudden death on January 5, 1933, Grace wrote to the Haleys to thank them for their condolences. Writing on a note card, 5.25" x 3.5" from Northampton, dated January 16, 1933; she writes: "Thank you for your kind note bringing me your and Mrs. Haley's expression of sympathy. Our heavenly Father doeth all things well. I do not question His wise providence."

    Perhaps the most moving letter is one sent sending condolences upon James' death. In a four-page letter (5.75" x 7.75") written from Northampton and dated February 1, 1949 she writes about a mini scandal involving James during their years in the White House. Haley had been assigned to protect Grace Coolidge on a walk in the woods at Black Hills, and the pair had gotten lost, returning hours late for a lunch date with the President. Although there was never a question of impropriety, the President believed that his wife's well-being had been put in danger, and Haley was promptly removed from Grace's security detail. She writes: "Dear Joan: You have been almost constantly in my thoughts but I have not written to you because I knew you were overwhelmed by messages from your friends and Jim's I was deeply touched by your thought in telephoning me. Several people have sent me newspaper items about Jim's funeral and burial. I note that he was buried in Washington and not in St. Louis as you planned at first. I remember so well the expression on Jim's face the day that he told me that you and he were to be married and showed me your ring. When he bade me good-by in the Black Hills he said that his one consolation was that he had you to go home to. I shall always be grateful that he was assigned to me and never cease to regret the unfortunate circumstances which terminated that assignment. An injustice was done Jim. I cherish the friendship which has prevailed with us there and which you and I will maintain. Some time ago I wrote these lines which I have never shown anyone. I share them with you now. I am so glad that John and I saw you both last summer - a pair of grand people. With my love, always, Grace Coolidge." The poem referenced in her letter is present.

    Almost all of the letters are accompanied by the original transmittal envelope. A great selection of letters and cards from the former first lady, spanning over thirty years of her life. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: Usual mail folds and wear, minor toning and soiling throughout, else very fine condition.




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