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#258 - Spiro Agnew Estimate: $500+

Wonderful archive of 11 TLSs and greeting cards from Spiro Agnew, signed either as “Spiro T. Agnew” or “STA,” with all items addressed to Diane (Bouyoucas) Gilmore, whose correspondence with Agnew begins in 1973 and lasts until his death in 1996. Gilmore first wrote to Agnew as a teenager on May 29, 1973, thanking him for calling her ailing grandmother in the hospital; Agnew called the hospital on the day of his own son’s wedding from a church in Baltimore where Gilmore’s uncle served as a priest.
Agnew’s letter, written on Vice President letterhead, in full: “You were very thoughtful to write, and I appreciate your doing so. I am glad to know that my call made your Grandmother feel better, and I hope she will continue to improve. She is fortunate to have such a loving Granddaughter as you. You must make every day a better one for her, and your love and care are gifts more valuable than any other.”

Agnew resigned from the vice presidency soon thereafter but continued to respond to Gilmore over the course of the next 20 years. Highlights are as follows:

April 17, 1974, in part: “You’re going to love Europe, and you’re very fortunate to have the chance to go under such circumstances and while you’re still young enough to enjoy every minute…I wish I could tell you what the Government is doing about our MIA’s; but beyond what you read in the papers, I really don’t know.”

A greeting card from June 1975, which includes a small 10k gold bracelet with a charm of the Vice Presidential seal, presented to Gilmore for her high school graduation.

March 20, 1990, in part: “Of course I remember you and the circumstances of our past correspondence. You always wrote such supportive and thoughtful letters, and I was impressed by your ability to express yourself—a gift that too few young people seem to have these days. Perhaps it is the impact of television that cuts down on reverence for the power of the written word.”

March 11, 1992, in part: “I am glad that you are doing so well, both in your career and marriage. So often these days, couples seem to find it hard to maintain a successful relationship when both are working…The political scene today is sorrowful. The media dictate the level of discussion, and the campaigns are not informative. There is too much back-biting and too many vacuous photo opportunities. The electorate must be confused by the simplistic tax the rich and give to the poor approach of most candidates.”

May 28, 1996, in part: “Judy and I celebrated our 54th wedding anniversary yesterday. It seems impossible. That it has been that long since a raw second lieutenant, infantry and a girl not long out of high school tied the knot.” In overall fine condition.

Accompanied by the original mailing envelopes, a Christmas card signed in a secretarial hand, a ‘thank you’ card on the passing of Agnew, three letters from Agnew secretaries Walter and Mary Ellen Warner, and a lengthy descriptive letter from Gilmore concerning the background of each letter; also included are two letters, one autopen and one secretarial, dated November 29, 1973 and October 15, 1974, with the earlier letter making reference to his resignation, in part: “I can only reaffirm my innocence to you and hope, in this complex and confusing situation, that you will try to understand that I believe the actions I have taken are in the best interest of the Nation.”

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