CARTER, JAMES EARL. B.1924. Autograph Letter Signed ("Jimmy"), 2 pp recto and verso, 4to, Annapolis, September 10, 1945, to Jacquelyn Reid,

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CARTER, JAMES EARL. B.1924.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Jimmy"), 2 pp recto and verso, 4to, Annapolis, September 10, 1945, to Jacquelyn Reid,

US$ 1,000 - 1,500
£ 750 - 1,100

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13 Jun 2019, 13:00 EDT

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CARTER, JAMES EARL. B.1924.
Autograph Letter Signed ("Jimmy"), 2 pp recto and verso, 4to, Annapolis, September 10, 1945, to Jacquelyn Reid, in ink, on U.S. Naval Academy letterhead, with transmittal envelope. Fold creases, slight dampstaining to letter, dampstaining to envelope.

FUTURE PRESIDENT CARTER WRITES TO AN EARLY ROMANTIC INTEREST while a cadet at the Naval Academy, thanking her for coming to Annapolis to visit him. "I hope you don't have too much trouble with your school work 'cause you missed a weekend of studying." He compliments her on making an impression on his classmates, saying they "... have been asking who the cute brunette in the blue evening dress was. You made quite a hit with them ... " and asks her to send a better photo than the group shot with her sorority sisters that she had given him.

Carter's earnest personality is evident in this gentlemanly letter. Although his affection for "Jackie" is apparent in this letter, the impression she made was clearly not as big as that made upon him by his sister Ruth's friend, Rosalynn Smith. He began dating Rosalynn while at the Naval Academy, and married her shortly after he graduated in 1946.
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