An ALS to a friend: 'There are no words to make your burden easier'
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REAGAN, RONALD. (1911-2004). Hollywood actor, governor of California and 40th president of the United States. ALS. (“Dutch”). 1p. Oblong 8vo. N.p., (1971). Written to his childhood friend, Mrs. Francis Welch (Florence Stiles Yerly Welch Japuntich), on the verso of the lower half of a flyer advertising an equestrian ballet by Vienna’s famed Lipizzaner horses in Scottsdale, Arizona.
I’ve just learned of your loss. I know there are no words to make your burden easier but please believe there are many (and I am one) who wish they could help. You are in my thoughts & prayers…
Reagan moved with his parents toDixon, Illinoisin 1920, when he was nine years old, where he first met the recipient of our letter. The two corresponded through 1983 and Florence, who was active in the DeKalb County Republican Party organization, helped arrange Reagan’s appearance at the Women’s Republican Club in 1965. A later letter to Florence, offering advice and dated December 17, 1951, is included in Reagan: A Life in Letters edited by Skinner et. al.
Our letter was written during Reagan’s second term as governor of California, a position he held from 1967 to 1975.
A warm and engaging letter, signed with the familiar nickname that his father gave him as a boy. Folded and in very good condition.