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JOHN F. KENNEDY ASSASSINATION (HUBERTHUMPHREY) (1911-1978) Vice President of the United States under Johnson (1965-69). Original unpublished typescript manuscript (unsigned), 6pp. 4to., entitled "Death of President Kennedy, Friday, Nov. 22, 1963", written from notes that Humphrey penned the day after the assassination. Though one might believe that Humphrey's original notes on this historic day would be readily available to researchers, they are currently lost, leaving this unpublished transcript as the only source revealing his thoughts. The manuscript bears numerous typographical errors, some using white out, suggesting that Humphrey may have typed this piece himself. Accompanied by a cover letter on Senate letterhead, 1p. 4to., Washington, July 19, 1973, to noted author Jim Bishop, who was at work on his volume on Kennedy. It reads in part: "...I am pleased to respond to your request concerning my recollections on that tragic day...on the following day I jotted down some notes on my activities and thoughts of the day just passed. The paragraphs are excerpts from my personal records...". The typescript reads, in very small part: "...I was at the Chilean embassy attending a luncheon given by the Ambassador of Chile...had the opportunity to visit Ambassador Nehru of India...We sat down about 1:30 p.m. Washington time. And in a few minutes the phone ring and Ed Morgan [of NBC]...whispered in my ear that the President had been shot...At this time, none of the other guests knew of the shooting...I told Ralph Dungan...he...was able to contact the Secret Service and was informed the report was true...but the President ...still lived...I couldn't help but feel at the time that the President had most likely passed away or was close to death's door...I received a phone call from Ralph Dungan...he told me the President had died...A great wave of emotion swept through my body and mind...I...sobbed with grief...". Much more. T.L.S. stapled to Ms., fine condition.
Estimate $ 400-600

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