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Item 223 - Madame Chiang Kai-shek Catalog 555 (May 2019)

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TLS signed “With affection, Mayling Soong Chiang,” one page, 8.25 x 10.5, Office of the President, Republic of China letterhead, June 23, 1960. Letter to her former Wellesley College classmate Mildred Smith Green, in full: "Thank you for sending me a copy of the Brooklyn Wellesley Club Cook Book. I remember the 'Upstairs' tea room well, and note your remarks about the Wellesley Fudge Cake. I shall try out your recipe soon. President Eisenhower just left after a twenty-four hour visit to Taiwan. Never has a state guest been more enthusiastically welcomed by the whole populace. Just before his visit, President and Madame Garcia of the Philippines were here, and previous to that, the President of Vietnam. Thank you for your inquiry about my health. After the virus attack, I was stricken with paratyphoid fever. It took me a long time to recover as, being allergic to antibiotics, the doctors would not prescribe them for me, but advised to let the fever run itself out. I am still trying to catch up with the backlog of work which accumulated during my illness and the periods of state visits. Is it possible that you might be planning a trip to the Far East? If so, and you come by this way, do stop off at Taiwan. I should be delighted to see you again." In fine condition, with a crease to right side and some wear to right edge. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope. In 1914, Mayling transferred to Wellesley College to be closer to her older brother, T. V., who was studying at Harvard. She graduated from Wellesley as one of the 33 'Durant Scholars' on June 19, 1917, with a major in English literature and minor in philosophy. She was also a member of Tau Zeta Epsilon, Wellesley's Arts and Music Society.

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