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    John F. Kennedy Typed Letter Signed "John Kennedy." One page, 7" x 10.25", Washington, D.C.; September 8, 1961. A short letter addressed to John Steinbeck regarding future collaborations between the government and those in the arts. Kennedy writes, in full:

    "Miss Kay Halle turned over to me a few days ago two albums filled with letters from the artists and writers who were invited to the Inauguration ceremonies. Mrs. Kennedy and I have had extraordinary pleasure in going through these volumes. We are grateful for the letters, and we shall treasure them for the rest of our lives. I am hopeful that this collaboration between government and the arts will continue and prosper. Mrs. Kennedy and I would be particularly interested in any suggestions you may have in the future about the possible contributions the national government might make the arts in America. My wife joins me in extending best thanks and regards."

    Kay Murphy Halle, daughter of philanthropist Samuel Halle, was a world traveler and writer who became a member of Kennedy's Inaugural committee. It had been at her suggestion that approximately 185 of the country's finest members of the Arts, Sciences and Humanities be invited to Kennedy's inauguration ceremony. Following the event, Halle compiled the well wishes from these special guests to be given to Kennedy. The volumes included congratulations from the likes of John Steinbeck, Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, and Carl Sandburg.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds, with light soiling at the lower edge. Overall very good.

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    October, 2019
    27th Sunday
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