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    Grace Coolidge Two Typed Letters Signed, Greeting Card, and Related Papers All Addressed to Mr. and Mrs. James Haley. Includes:

    Grace Coolidge Autograph Letter Signed
    "Grace Coolidge". One card, 5.25" x 4.25", Northampton, Massachusetts, December 13, 1954, written on official White House stationary, to Mrs. James Haley, thanking her for sending treats, and sending her a batch of sweets in return. Accompanied by original envelope.

    Grace Coolidge Autograph Letter Signed "Grace Coolidge". Three pages of a bifolium, 5.25" x 6.75", Northampton, Massachusetts, January 9, 1934, in full:

    "I haven't your new address so I am sending this note along to the old address hoping that it will reach you and that you will send me the new address. I hope that you are enjoying your home. I know that it is attractive and I'd like to see it. Thank you for your birthday telegrams. I feel no older - perhaps now so old as when I saw you, nearly five years ago, on the station platform. Being a grandmother I should be classed with the ancient and honorables. The baby is thoroughly satisfactory and she has model parents. Best wishes and friendly greetings". Accompanied by original envelope.

    Autograph Letter Signed "Florence T. Coolidge". Four pages of a bifolium, 4.25" x 5.5", Cheshire, Connecticut, January 3, 1934, written on personalized stationary, to Mr. and Mrs. Haley, in full:

    "John, Cynthia & I all wish to thank you so much for the perfectly darling lamp you send to Cynthia. It is the sweetest one I have ever seen and looks so cute in her pink and blue room. We certainly appreciate your kind thought. We had the nicest Christmas we ever had with Cynthia to share it. John & I had such a thrill opening all her gifts and she certainly was showered with them. She is changing and growing every day and is a big girl now. She laughs & coos to herself by the hour and if absolutely no trouble at all. I do wish you could see her for she really is very sweet & dear. John & I send very best wishes to you for the New Year and thank you again". Along with original envelope.

    The group also includes a Christmas Card (4" x 5"), addressed to Mrs. Haley, with a printed message and signature. Accompanied by official White House envelope; a thank you letter from the First Lady's personal secretary, dated June 9, 1928; and a letter from a W. A. White dated July 17, 1935 requesting information about an incident resulting in Mr. Haley being transferred to another job by President Coolidge.

    James Haley was a Secret Service agent who was part of the security team for the Coolidges. The family stayed in touch with the Haleys even after they left the White House. Although there is absolutely no proof to suggest there was anything improper about their relationship, Grace and James did accidentally create a "scandal" in the Black Hills incident. Haley had been assigned to protect Grace Coolidge on a walk in the woods, and the pair had gotten lost, returning hours late for a lunch date with the President. Coolidge was likely more worried than suspicious, but it did not help that Haley was an unmarried man at the time. The President believed that his wife's well-being had been put in danger, and Haley was promptly removed from Grace's security detail. She believed this to be a terrible injustice, and even privately appealed to Haley's bosses by writing a letter commending his good character. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: Letters range from good to fine condition, with usual mail folds and light soiling or toning. Some foxing and wear on envelopes.


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