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    John F. Kennedy 1956 Letter as Massachusetts Senator Good content typed letter signed, "John Kennedy" as Senator, 8" x 10.5", on U.S. Senate letterhead, Washington, May 18, 1956, with a five line postscript in his hand. Kennedy writes to Arthur Simpkins, who is attempting to get his daughter with cerebral palsy help at the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Memorial Hospital in Brighton, Massachusetts. In full: "Thank you very much for your recent letter in the interest of your daughter and yours inquiry concerning of your daughter and your inquiry concerning the Kennedy Memorial Hospital. I certainly appreciate you writing me concerning this matter, but the Kennedy Foundation contributes funds for the construction of the memorial hospitals and the administration of them is left to the discretion of the Sisters and the Archdiocese. I am, however, forwarding your letter to the Sister in charge of the Hospital for her consideration. As soon as I receive a reply. I will send it along to you." He adds a hasty postscript in his hand below his signature: "I am sure that you can understand why it is necessary for us to give jurisdiction to the Archbishop in these matters." Together with a letter from a social worker at the hospital dated May 29, 1956 to Simpkins, noting that the hospital had received a letter from Kennedy "regarding your request for help for your little girl who has cerebral palsy... As she is not under our care, there is nothing we can offer you, but I have discussed the problem with ... [a] Social Worker at the Cerebral Palsy Clinic at Children's Medial Center and she says she is familiar with your problem and is most anxious to help you..." Both missives in pristine condition. From the collection of Bradley O'Leary. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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