Washington DC: May 12, 1945. Personal handwritten note from newly ascended First Lady, less than a month into President Harry S. Truman's presidency upon the death of FDR. 9.45" x 7.75" folded note paper with "The White House / Washington" letterhead, hand addressed envelope with light soiling included.
Elizabeth Virginia "Bess" Truman (Feb 13, 1885 – Oct 18, 1982) was the wife of U.S. President Harry S. Truman and First Lady of the United States from 1945 to 1953. She had known her future husband since they were children attending the same school in Independence, Missouri. As First Lady, she did not enjoy the social and political scene in Washington, and at the end of her husband's term in 1953, she was relieved to return to Independence. She currently holds the record of longest-lived First Lady, at 97 years and 8 months.
Mrs. Henry F. Butler, nee Estelle Kemper, published her experiences as a female Navy recruit in WW1 in the book "I Was a Yeoman (F)," Fine. Item #436
"My Dear Mrs. Butler -
Thank you so much for your very understanding note.
It was kind of you to write and I shall not forget it.
Thank you, too, for the four leaf clovers. I put them where they are supposed to go!
Very Sincerely, Bess W. Truman