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    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Autograph Letter Signed "Lots of Love Jackie" as a teenager with several humorous drawings. Two pages, 6.25" x 9.25", n.p., n.d. (though likely at the end of summer in 1943), on "Hammersmith Farm/ Newport, Rhode Island" letterhead, to "Woodley". The letter is written with a shaky hand, the result of riding aboard a train. 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 lovely little speech. It was a little better going on a bad day because if it had been beautiful I probably would have sobbed or escaped & not 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. Whenever I eat a hot dog or swing on some swings or go in a canoe or see a juke box or hear a piano play 'One for my Baby' I'll remember it all. I love nostalgia, don't you? . . . 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 & 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. . . . This sounds like a love letter. I've never seen anything so mushy in my life."

    The series of drawings seem to illustrate Woodley's crush on "Ken." The first shows "Woodley" and "Ken" toasting their glasses of orange juice as Woodley says, "Ah Ken, my love. Orange Juice did bringeth us together." Ken replies, "Ah yes Woodley my little orange pit, and it will keepeth us together." The next drawing advances ten years and shows two children the couple would have named "Little Orange Blossom" and "Little Orange Peel." The final drawing of two tombstones advances "50 years later." The future first lady humorously writes, "Notice the oranges I so thoughtfully put on your graves." The postscript appears at the top of page one and reads, "I don't have any more room on the back so goodbye & write me soon - Lots of Love Jackie."

    Young 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 summered at the Auchincloss' 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 thirteen one of the earliest examples we have handled. With the usual folds, in near fine condition.


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