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Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 2,500 USD
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55
Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 2,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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The White House Years of Robert S. McNamara

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Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy
A small group of material relating to Mrs. Kennedy's 1967 visit to Cambodia, including 2 autograph letters signed ("J"; "Jackie"), each 2 pages on a single sheet, [New York, February and October 1967], to Robert McNamara; a copy of a translation of a letter to Mrs. Kennedy from Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia; a carbon copy of a letter to Mrs. Kennedy from Ambassador-at-Large Averell Harriman covering the translation of Prince Sihanouk's letter, 18 September 1967; a photocopy of Mrs. Kennedy's letter (in French) to Prince Sihanouk, 4 October 1967, with annotations in pencil by McNamara; a copy of a translation of Mrs. Kennedy's letter to Prince Sihanouk; and a copy of an autograph memorandum by McNamara to Harriman, 5 October 1967.
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Catalogue Note

Jacqueline Kennedy had long dreamed of visiting Angkor Wat, the twelfth-century Hindu temple in Cambodia, and after much hesitation, she made the journey in the autumn of 1967. As she often did, Mrs. Kennedy turned to Robert McNamara to help to smooth the way and keep the trip as private as possible. She emphasized this in her letters to McNamara, who was also in touch with Prince Sihanouk about the details of her visit. "Here is my letter to Sihanouk. … I really tried to put him on the spot about keeping the visit private, and I hope you can say that in your cables—otherwise it will just be a circus. Sandy Vanocour told Bobby that everyone is getting ready to go out there—& the only thing that can keep them out is Prince Sihanouk. Don't you think the airport arrival & departure, the navigation at Sihanoukville should be the only ones covered by a mass of press—& he can have his private photographer take 1 picture of him & me at Angkor—It would be so awful to be followed there by TV cameras—Then he could release that photograph to everyone."

Despite her desire for a private visit, Mrs. Kennedy's trip to Cambodia was widely covered by the press, including a cover story in Life magazine. She did appear at one public event as well: the dedication of Avenue John F. Kennedy in Sihanoukville.

The White House Years of Robert S. McNamara

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New York