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Type Internet Absentee Bidding
Price Realized 70,800.00 USD
Date Sold 3/12/2015

Lot # 125
Estimate 120,000.00 - 180,000.00 USD
Group - Category Books - Cooks Collection
Lead Lyndon B. Johnson: Condolence letter to Mrs. King
Lyndon B. Johnson. TLS on White House stationary to Mrs. Martin Luther King, with typewritten date “April 5, 1968,” sending his condolences to her the day after the assassination of her husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “April 12 1968" rubber stamp in margin at upper right. Very good. Staple mark in margin at upper left of the TLS and the 3 press releases. The press releases were included with the condolence letter and are referenced by Pres. Johnson. The 3 press releases are: “A Proclamation to the People of the United States.” Declares Apr. 7 a national day of mourning and orders flags at half staff until burial, 1 leaf. “Statement by the President.” 1 leaf. “Statement of the President on the Death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [in] The Fish Room.” 2ff, single-sided. Condolence letter's typed text: “Dear Mrs. King: My thoughts have been with you and your children throughout this long and anguished day. Tonight, Mrs. Johnson and I pray again that God gives you the solace of His strength. Since early morning, I have devoted all my hours and energy to honoring your good husband in the manner he would most approve. I have sought --by word, deed, and official act – to unite this sorrowing and troubled nation against further and wider violence. I have met in that cause – in your husband’s name and faith – with leaders of government, Negro and white communities, our cities, churches and courts. We found more than grief to share. I wanted you to know tonight of the determination that binds us: We will overcome this calamity and continue the work of justice and love that is Martin Luther King’s legacy and trust to us. I am also determined that the assassin will be found and punished. The full powers of local and Federal authority are marshaled now to assure it. I am enclosing copies of my statements today so that you may know fully the concerns and intentions that guide me. I believe, with all my heart, that the American majority will also be guided by them, in goodwill and great hope. All of us ask God to comfort you now and restore your compassionate influence to us. Sincerely,” “Lyndon B. Johnson.” Provenance: Collection of Stoney & Shirley Cooks. Gift from Harry Belafonte to Shirley Cooks.
Name WAVERLY CATALOG #264 March 12, 2015
Auctioneer Quinn's Auction Galleries
Type Internet Absentee Bidding
Date(s) 3/12/2015
Postponed to Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM EST
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Rare archive of materials relating to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement, incl. the Condolence Letter sent by President Lyndon B. Johnson to Mrs. King after the assasination of her husband. Provenance: The Stoney & Shirley Cooks Collection. Also rare and antiquarian books on natural history and science from The Raymond Sutton Jr. Collection. Historic photographs, find bindings, first editions, Children's Books, Americana and Illustrated Books.
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