1930 TLS - John J. "Black Jack" Pershing Typed Letter Signed Re: Lakehurst, New Jersey American Legion Memorial Chapel


1930 TLS - John J. "Black Jack" Pershing Typed Letter Signed Re: Lakehurst, New Jersey American Legion Memorial Chapel


Item No. 5891671

Offered here is a nice typed letter signed by famed American General John J. "Black Jack" Pershing. Written on Pershing's personal letterhead (watermarked "Old Hampshire Bond Stationery"), this 1930 letter to Edward E. Spafford, Commander-in-Chief of the American Legion, discussed the creation of the American Legion Memorial Chapel in Lakehurst, New Jersey. The letter also mention's Pershing's committment to raising funds for establishment of the Washington National Cathedral. It reads:

White Sulpher Springs, W.Va.,
February 24, 1930.

Commander E. E. Spafford,
111 Broadway,
New York, N.Y.

My dear Spafford:
I have just received your two letters, one of February 10th to me and the other of February 17th to my Secretary, regarding the American Legion Memorial Chapel to be erected at the U.S. Air Station, Lakehurst, N.J. This is a very worthy enterprise that should by all means be carried to completion.

I notice on your citizens' committee, headed by your Governor, the names of many public men of high standing in the State of New Jersey, which shows very deep interest in the project.

I am heartily in favor of such a chapel and am pleased to sign the leaflet you enclosed, with the understanding, of course, that my name will not be used in any way for the collection of funds or on any committee. As you know, I am already deeply involved in other projects to raise funds, the principal one being that for the National Cathedral, for which I head the national committee. This, needless to say, occupies a great deal of time and it doesn't seem to me that it would be consistent for me to undertake to collect funds elsewhere until this great and significant project draws more nearly to completion.

With cordial good wishes and kindest regards, believe me

Sincerely yours,
John J. Pershing

The letter measures 7 1/4" x 10 1/2" and is in excellent condition. There are two creases from where the letter was previously folded. The paper is in good sturdy condition, not stiff, and not particularly delicate. Excellent corners and edges.

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