Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    JFK Writes a Long 1939 Autograph Letter Signed and Directs his Car to be Shipped on the Queen Mary to England while Writing "While England Slept" -- Included is a Telegram from his Father on the Same Subject John F. Kennedy (1917-1963), thirty-fifth President (1961-1963). While in the Navy during World War II, Kennedy's PT boat was sunk and he earned a Purple Heart. He served as Congressman and Senator from Massachusetts, and his book, Profiles in Courage, won a Pulitzer Prize. Narrowly defeating Nixon in 1960, he faced problems like the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the growing civil rights movement, and the building of the Berlin Wall. He was assassinated in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald. Autograph letter signed, two pages, 1939. The letter is written on plain paper, and reads: "Dear Paul: If you want anything done in regard to the car -- you can wire Tolbert Macdonald -- I 21 Winthrop House -- Cambridge -- Mass and he'll take care of it. I think he's planning to drive down Wednesday so if you're planning to send via Queen Mary, I think it best you wire him what to do with it. If not -- He can leave it out to the house. Best Jack." The telegram reads: "February 21, 1939 Jack plans ship his car Queen Mary Saturday. I must deliver it to pier before four oclock Friday. Please leave car at Bronxville. Joseph P. Kennedy." A great association! Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2005
    13th Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 573

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    15% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 October 15 Rare Books Signature Auction Featuring the Otto Penzler Collection of Mystery Fiction, Part III - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    Thanks a million for getting approval to sell my Civil War Hospital Death Ledger! You made them AND ME , a nice profit. You are the best!
    Ed W.,
    Mount Vernon, OH
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search