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    Lee Harvey Oswald Early USSR Archive. Oswald arrived in Moscow on October 16, 1959, on a five-day visa. After days of meetings with Soviet officials, Oswald was crushed to learn that his request for citizenship had been denied, and he slashed his left wrist in an attempt to end his life. The Soviets decided to keep him long enough for his wound to heal, and placed him in the insanity ward of a local hospital. He was discharged on October 28, 1959, and took temporary housing at the Metropole Hotel while continuing to badger American and Soviet officials for dissolution of his American citizenship and approval for Soviet citizenship. Because his defection occurred around the time of the Camp David peace talks between Eisenhower and Khrushchev, Oswald's citizenship request was repeatedly delayed and his status was treated gingerly by Soviet authorities. By December 1959, Oswald was still living at the Metropole Hotel in Moscow, but he was nearly penniless and had to write to his mother for money. She complied by sending him a check for $20, which was impossible to cash in the USSR. This lot includes six items related to this request for money; the first three items have been laminated together in a sheet of flexible plastic by the Warren Commission, which bears a sticker identifying it as "Commission Exhibit No. 202."
    1. Marguerite Oswald Check Signed. One page, 6" x 2.75", completed in Marguerite's hand in the amount of $20 and drawn against the First National Bank of Fort Worth, December 18, 1959. Laminated. Fine condition.
    2. Lee Harvey Oswald Autograph Note Signed. Torn scrap of paper measuring approximately 6.5" x 2.75", n.p. [Moscow], n.d. [December 26, 1959]. Oswald returned the $20 check to his mother along with this brief penciled note: "I can't use the check, of courese [sic]. Put the $20 bill in an envelope and send it to me. I'm also short of cash and need the rest. Love Lee." Laminated. Fine.
    4. Lee Harvey Oswald Autograph Transmittal Envelope. Airmail envelope, 6.5" x 3.75", Moscow, December 26, 1959. Envelope is accomplished in pencil by Lee Oswald and is addressed to his mother Marguerite, in Fort Worth, TX. Bears several Russian inked postal marks. Laminated. In fine condition.
    5. Marguerite Oswald Autograph Transmittal Envelope. Plain envelope, 6.5" x 3.75", Fort Worth, TX, January 1960. Although it cannot be verified, we believe Marguerite used this envelope to send cash to her son in Moscow. The date stamp is faint, but appears to read either January 26 or 28, 1960. Several Russian inked postal marks. Fine condition.
    6. Marguerite Oswald Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 5" x 8", 1605 8th Ave., [Fort Worth, Texas], January 22 [1960]. In part: "After receiving your note about not being able to case the check I sent you, I sent $20.00 cash (a bill) on the 5th of Jan. I sure hope that you have received it. . . ." Fine. From the John K. Lattimer Collection.


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    October, 2008
    17th-18th Friday-Saturday
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