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Lot 261
Kennedy, Joseph P. Sr (1888-1969) American businessman and diplomat; father of President John F. Kennedy. Mimeographed Document Signed ("J. Kennedy") as Ambassador to Great Britain, London, September 27, 1939. One page quarto. Headed "American Embassy" and prepared by the Ambassador just 26 days after Germany invaded Poland and 24 days after Britain declared war on Germany. Kennedy advises Americans to leave Europe immediately: "It has come to our attention that many Americans are delaying their departure for home. The Embassy is compelled to point out that, in our opinion, nothing has happened to impair the soundness of the advice which was given to American citizens…that those who do not have any pressing reason for remaining should return at once to the United States." Kennedy advises that special ships have been sent to aid in the repatriation, but counsels, "The special ships, it should be remembered, will not return to England. It should also be remembered that the pending neutrality legislation contains provisions which, if passed, might prevent any other American vessels from entering British ports….Those who reject an opportunity to leave now, when conditions are favorable and accommodations available, are running the risk of inconvenience and delay, of added expense and possibly danger." A rare example from a critical point in history.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
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