ALS signed “Jackie xo,” one page both sides, 8 x 10.5, no date but postmarked October 10, 1949. Warm letter home to her mother, written while attending university in France. In part: "Dearest Mum—There isn't anymore news but I know you like to get a lot of letters—I went out with a friend of Mone Forests to this painters for tea—she was the most wonderful cuckoo woman with this Constant Nymph family—children descending on you out of trees & they had dug pits & covered them with grass so that I practically broke my ankle 6 times. The woman—Henriette Groll—said to come & see her in Paris & she would draw me.
Last night I went to Marianne Friedmans pension—She was my roommate on the boat—& this French girl & her brother were there—& Ura & this terribly nice boy from Nimes—Marc—They helped us with our comps—I wrote mine first in halting French & Marc did it all over. It really was very hard & they all took it so seriously & searched for words so hard—& it was really so nice of them as you know no American boy would be that nice & take all that trouble with some dumb foreigners who couldn't do their homework.
We took some pictures of everyone & I'll send them to you—I'm enclosing some of the house etc today…Tonight the Des Francs are giving a little soiree for us which is so sweet…I am getting fairly good marks but the language isn't coming as fast as I hoped. I think 1/2 the reason is that I speak English with Merv & Judith—we try not to—but it's impossible when we've something desperately important to say. I think when I'm at the De Renty's it will come quicker—Going out with French boys is really the best thing Mummy! I just talk my head off & feel that I've made so much progress when the evenings are over." Includes six original glossy 2.75 x 4 candid photos, all annotated by Jackie on the reverse. In very good to fine condition, with light wrinkling and several intersecting folds. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Kennedy's hand to "Mrs. Hugh D. Auchincloss, 'Merrywood,' McLean, Virginia, U.S.A."
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