ALS signed by Oswald on behalf of his whole family, “Lee xxx, Marina, June,” two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.5 x 8, February 15, 1962. Letter to his mother, written from Minsk, in part: "Well, I have a little (6 lbs) daughter, June Marina Oswald born at 10:00 A.M. February 15th. How about that?! Marina feels O.K. she only took an hour and a half to give birth at the hospital. The possibility of our coming to the United States are very good although, of course, it'll be another couple of months. Marina's exit visa to leave the U.S.S.R. is good until Dec. 1, 1962, so we have no worries about the visas running out before everything is arranged. The American Embassy in Moscow sent me an application for a loan (which I requested) so they will make the money available to us as soon as everything is arranged for Marina. The only thing holding us up now, is the 'affidavit of support' for Marina, which I allready told you about, once that is in, we can leave the U.S.S.R. any time we want…If you don't have that letter from the Marine Corps telling about the discharge how about getting a copy. I would like to have some material upon which to start, before going into the discharge matter further with the Marines." The letter has been soft-laminated, as typical of official exhibits used during the Warren Commission investigation, and bears an exhibition label on the front: "Commission No. 194." In fine condition, with some rippling to the lamination.
Less than two years after defecting to the Soviet Union, Oswald completely reversed his stance and decided to return to the States with his new, then-pregnant wife, Marina. Having secured his US Passport, Oswald was awaiting approval from the Soviet government for his and Marina's exit visas as the year came to a close. Writing to his mother, he comes across as a kind and appreciative son, joyfully informing her of a new granddaughter. The couple finally received word that their requests had been granted by Soviet authorities on Christmas Day, 1961, but still needed permission from American authorities. With an official Warren Commission label, this is a highly desirable letter written as he planned his return to the States.
From the collection of Ronald E.F. Hoskins.
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