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JOHN F. KENNEDY ASSASSINATION EUGENE MCCARTHY(1919 - 2005) American senator and presidential candidate. Fine content carbon copy typescript manuscript of his famous eulogy for John F. Kennedy, with a T.L.S. on Simon & Schuster letterhead, 1p. 4to., New York, May 3, 1973, to noted author Jim Bishop, who was writing a book about Kennedy, about his recollections on the fateful day of John F. Kennedy's death. The letter reads, in part: "...I was eating lunch near [powerful Washington lobbyist] Maurice Rosenblatt in the restaurant of the Plaza Hotel...when I received a phone call telling of the shooting. All members of the Senate were asked to come to the floor of the Senate to await further information and developments. I stopped at St. Joseph's church on the way to the Senate...and wrote what eventually appears as this eulogy...". McCarthy's eulogy was so stirring that the G.P.O. decided to print it for distribution to the public. Included is McCarthy's reading copy of the eulogy, with his holograph corrections, in part"...it is not for us to attempt to measure or assign the guilt for his assassination and death, for the burden of the act is too great to be borne by any one man. The act and its consequences must be related to all our actions, and the burden of guilt must be shared by all who through the years have excited and stirred the simple and the anxious...We cannot rest in the disillusionment or in grief. Instead, we must move on from these harsh realities, and we must seek to accomplish the things for which the President stood - things made clearer by his death...". Much more. Very good condition. A wonderful, indeed historic, piece.
Estimate $ 500-600

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