Jacqueline Kennedy's Handwritten Letter to De Valera

The image to the left is the first page of a hand-written letter from Jacqueline Kennedy to Eamon De Valera in January of 1964.  In the letter, Mrs. Kennedy expresses how much her late husband's trip to Ireland the previous summer had impacted him, and how much his Irish heritage meant to him.  

You can download the full letter in PDF format by clicking the link below.  Thanks to HistoryHub.ie.

Jacqueline Kennedy Letter to De Valera

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Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on November 22, 2013 at 6:26pm

I find this fascinating.  She even mentions Connemara ponies in this letter, which was of great interest to me as a Connemara pony owner.

Comment by Michael Quane on November 22, 2013 at 7:35pm

What a gracious woman.

Comment by Gerry Regan on November 23, 2013 at 1:09pm

I am deeply moved by Mrs. Kennedy's heartfelt words here, and they come as an epiphany to me -- I had no idea that she so assertively affirmed the importance of JFK's Irish ancestry and vowed to sustain that in his children. In fact, she seems to have admirably succeeded with that desire. And her prediction that in a generation JFK would be regarded as one of the greatest of American presidents seems prescient, as well. May they both, along with John Jr., rest in peace! 


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