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Item 106 - Lyndon B. Johnson Catalog 591 (Sep 2020)

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Collection of 15 TLSs by Lyndon B. Johnson, all one page, dated from 1960 to 1971, with letterheads including his personal monogram, US Senate, The Vice President, and The White House. Includes ten letters signed "Lyndon B. Johnson," three signed "LBJ," and two signed "Lyndon." Johnson exchanges pleasantries, sends thanks for hospitality, replies to invitations, and offers holiday wishes. Many are to either Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach or Ambassador Benjamin Oehlert. Highlights include:

November 2, 1961, to Oehlert: "It was so nice of you to send along the contribution for the visit of Bashir and I have added it to the People-to-People fund. I also appreciate the things you had to say in your letter and I am adding them to my kind-thoughts-for-Lyndon-on-rainy-days fund. The visit made a terrific impact in Southeast Asia and I believe from editorial comment, from reports from our Embassy, and from a tremendous mail from both Pakistan, and, interestingly enough, India, that Bashir made many friends for the United States. The Embassy writes that the visit was the topic of conversation in the coffee houses, the mosques, the camel depot, wherever people went."

September 24, 1963, to Oehlert: "I could not have been more appreciative of your coverage of the Governor's Conference at Miami Beach. I was almost embarrassed (pleasantly so) by your devoting so much space to the part I played in the Conference."

December 23, 1965, to Katzenbach: "Here at Christmastime, I have felt the value of dedicated and tolerant men, who give of themselves because their country needs them. From the first hour, when you and Lydia had dinner with Lady Bird and me and we talked of you becoming Attorney General, to the writing of this letter, you have performed every duty with a largeness of spirit and calm."

January 7, 1969, to Katzenbach: "I was very happy to receive the handsome silver tray from the Cabinet this Christmas. It will always be a magnificent reminder of the men who achieved so much for America—and who will go on giving of their great gifts of ability and devotion to country."

February 8, 1969, to Oehlert: "It is plain to see what a fine job you are doing. I have asked my people here to make sure they get on to all the matters you discussed. I'm glad you enjoyed the Fresca. Seeing you and President Ayub again—even for a moment—was a real tonic for me too. What you're accomplishing out there, Ben, is a great service to your country. Every American is in your debt, and I am deeply proud of you."

March 17, 1969, to Oehlert: "I wish there were words or deeds that would make lighter your burden and that of Ayub's in the months ahead. I am grieved that so fine a man must face this unfortunate situation. And, I know how much devotion and effort have gone into your work there. I understand how disheartened you must feel."

December 17, 1969, to Oehlert: "We enjoyed that 'Hello, Dolly' performance and visiting with you, too, and hope that when you are here again you will give us a call." In overall fine condition.

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