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    John F. Kennedy Typed Letter Signed "John Kennedy". One page on White House letterhead, 6.75" x 9", Washington, March 15, 1963. A letter to Norman Cousins outlining their recent meeting in preparation for Cousins' upcoming meeting with Nikita Khrushchev. Kennedy writes:

    ...It was a pleasure to see you the other day.

    1. I think it would be helpful to take action to increase public support for our efforts in the field of nuclear testing and disarmament. The major drive, of course, would naturally come if a treaty should be presented to the Senate.

    2. In regard to your conversation with the Chairman, I think you can reflect accurately a strong desire of this administration for peaceful relations with the Soviet Union.

    I wish you success on your visit and I appreciate greatly your strong public service in these vital areas.

    Best regards.


    John F. Kennedy

    Cousins was preparing to go to Rome and Moscow the following month on private missions, relating to the peace talks undertaken between the Pope and Khrushchev. Negotiations on the Nuclear Test Ban treaty had come to halt, because the Soviets were distrustful of the true intentions of the onsite inspections the United States was insisting on. President Kennedy believed Cousins could be effectively relay his message to Chairman Khrushchev that the purpose of the onsite inspections would not be an opportunity for espionage. Kennedy intent on convincing the Soviets that the United States wished for peaceful resolutions, and that only a private citizen like Cousins could communicate his pure motives with true earnestness. This would be Cousins' second trip to Moscow, his first taking place near Christmas time in 1962. Boldly signed by Kennedy in blue ink.

    Accompanied by three retained copies typed memoranda by Cousins, relating to the mission. Includes Cousins notes of what had occurred at his off the record meeting with Kennedy on March 12, 1963. Ex. Norman Cousins Estate.

    Condition: Lightly toned with usual folds, else good.

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