Lot #42
John F. Kennedy Typed Letter Signed as President

JFK writes ten days after the tragic loss of his infant son, Patrick
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Estimate: $4000+

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Description

JFK writes ten days after the tragic loss of his infant son, Patrick

TLS as president signed “John Kennedy,” one page, 6.75 x 8.75, White House letterhead, August 19, 1963. Letter to Margaret Cogswell, gratefully sending thanks for her support after the death of his premature son. In full: "You were kind indeed to think of us at this very difficult time. Your message was a comfort to me and my family and we are very grateful to you." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope and a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.


Ten days prior, John and Jackie Kennedy lost their newborn son Patrick to infant respiratory distress syndrome 39 hours after his birth. Having already suffered a miscarriage in 1954, and a stillbirth the following year, Patrick's death was an especially difficult loss for the First Couple. An assassin's bullet would claim the life of President Kennedy just three months later.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: May 25 - June 16