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    [John F. Kennedy] Jacqueline Kennedy's Handmade "Thank You" Card for Clark Clifford. In 1960 John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie were looking for a weekend home close to Washington that would allow them to get away from the demands of the capitol. They found the perfect property at "Glen Ora" in Middleburg, Virginia. "Glen Ora", owned by Mrs. Gladys Raymond Tartiere, was a 400 acre estate with stables that particularly appealed to Mrs. Kennedy, an avid horsewoman. The problem was that Mrs. Tartiere had no interest in selling or leasing her home to the Kennedys. The matter was turned over to Kennedy's personal attorney Clark Clifford, a former advisor to President Harry S. Truman. Clifford used his considerable charm to persuade the reluctant Mrs. Tartiere accommodate the Kennedys. In time, Clifford prevailed. While Mrs. Tartiere steadfastly refused to sell, she did agree to lease her home while a country home was built for the Kennedys nearby. Clifford wrote in his autobiography, Counsel to the President, "A few days after the deal was completed, I received by messenger from the White House the most treasured 'payment' I ever received from a client." The payment was this sweet card, handmade by the First Lady.

    The card, bordered in lace cut from paper doilies, pictures a bemedaled Clifford, dressed in a morning suit walking up to the Tartiere home, the owner peeking out from behind the curtains. In one hand Clifford carries a wrapped gift, roses, and a bottle of champagne, and in the other, his briefcase with several documents tucked inside entitled, "Places of Exile", "Tortures", and "List of Jails". The ink drawing indicates the "carrot and stick" approach Clifford successfully used on Mrs. Tartiere. The card measures 9" x 11.5" and is attractively matted and framed with a picture of Mrs. Kennedy, 23" x 20" overall. This card was featured on the cover of the auction of the Clark and Margery Clifford estate in December 2000. Lovingly kept by Clifford, thus in excellent condition. This lot requires 3rd party shipping.


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    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
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