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HENRY CABOT LODGE (1850 - 1924) American politician and senator, led opposition to the Peace Treaty and the Covenant of the League of Nations. Fine content T.L.S. on his personal letterhead, 1p. 4to., Beverly, Mass., Apr. 13, 1973, to noted columnist and author Jim Bishop regarding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In part: "...I was at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco when I got the news that President Kennedy had been assassinated. I was on my way from Saigon to Washington and had an appointment to see him on the following Sunday. I was at the time Ambassador to Viet Nam. I had been in very close contact with him by cable during the preceding six weeks. My thoughts were shock and horror...". It is no secret that Lodge despised JFK, who had defeated him not only for the senatorial seat in Massachusetts, but as Nixon's running mate in 1960, a close and hotly contested election. As this letter reveals, Lodge was most definitely in contact with JFK on a daily basis before the assassination and during the time in which the U.S. government sanctioned the assassination of South Vietnam President Diem and his brother. Staple holes at top left, with the original holograph envelope, overall very good
Estimate $ 200-300

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