Collection of three letters, comprised of one ALS and two TLSs, sent by Joe Kennedy to Harvard friend Arthur J. Goldsmith, dated between 1913 and 1940. The ALS is signed “Joe,” one page, Columbia Trust Company letterhead, no date but circa 1913, in part: “The youngest Banker at the age of twenty-five, tells Mr. Arthur J. Goldsmith to go straight to Hell…Be sure and show that to all my girls. It ought to make a big hit.” The earlier TLS is signed “Joe,” one page, Old Colony Realty Associates letterhead, November 17, 1913, in part: “I will know about Thursday whether I can land those tickets for the Army and Navy game or not. I have two or three parties working on them and have fair hopes of landing it.” The last is a war-dated TLS, signed “Joseph P. Kennedy,” two pages, Foreign Service, American Embassy, London letterhead, June 28, 1940, in part: “We have been doing everything we can here to facilitate supplies of mica for American requirements…If the mica on order is not what is classified by the British Government as munitions mica, the necessary export licenses can be granted by the Indian authorities without reference to London.” In overall fine condition, with staple holes to the corner of the 1940 letter. Goldsmith was a close friend and Harvard classmate of Joe Kennedy, and evidently they maintained a lifelong correspondence. Given Kennedy’s notorious womanizing, the line “Be sure and show that to all my girls” is especially intriguing. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.
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