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    George H.W. Bush Religious Autograph Letter Signed: "There are so many 'favorite' quotations; but at the top of my list would be the 1st verse of the 23rd Psalm...That quotation says it all."

    Signed: "George Bush" as Vice President, one page, 8" x 10.5". The Vice President, Washington, [1984-1989]. To Rev. Russell. In full: "Dear Rev. Russell, Pardon my delay in responding to your good letter of January 27th. I am happy to reply. There are so many 'favorite' quotations; but at the top of my list would be the 1st verse of the 23rd Psalm. 'The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.' That quotation says it all. My respectful best wishes.." Stationery is watermarked "1984."

    In this letter, Vice President Bush tells the Reverend Russell that his most favorite quotation is the first verse of the 23rd Psalm. In his 1987 autobiography, "Looking Forward," Bush wrote that, as he grew up, "religious training was part of our home life. Each morning, as we gathered at the breakfast table, mother or dad read a Bible lesson to us." When Bush was a teenager, he memorized the Navy Hymn ("Eternal Father, Strong to Save"). In 1953, when George W. was seven, and eight months after Jeb was born, his daughter Robin died of leukemia, two months before her fourth birthday. She had been diagnosed with leukemia six months earlier. Bush later wrote, "Prayer had always been an important part of our lives, but never more so than during those six months. Barbara and I sustained each other, but in the end, it was our faith that truly sustained us." On March 3, 1992, President Bush told the National Association of Evangelicals in Chicago that "prayer always has been important in our lives. And without it, I really am convinced, more and more convinced, that no man or no woman who has the privilege of serving in the Presidency could carry out their duties without prayer."

    Included with this letter are two photographs of President and Mrs. Bush in church at Camp David on January 13, 1991, three days before the beginning of the Persian Gulf War. This letter, in extra fine condition, has never been folded. It would be a superb addition to a presidential collection. From the Gary Grossman Collection.

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