Lindbergh Signed TLS in 1931, to a World Peace Foundation Member
Single page typed letter signed, 8.5" x 11", on personal letterhead of "Charles Lindbergh, 25 Broadway, New York City." Dated "January 3, 1931," and boldly signed by Lindbergh as "C.A. Lindbergh." Expected folds, paper clip ghost to top edge, else near fine.
A lovely letter written by Lindbergh about 3 1/2 years after his famous flight across the Atlantic, and his Guggenheim tour of 48 states. Lindbergh went on to publish "WE" in the same year of 1927, the first of what would eventually be 15 books Lindbergh would either author or significantly contribute to. "Flying was his trade, his means of livelihood," Herrick wrote. "But the love of it burned in him with fine passion, and now that his fame will give him a wider scope of usefulness, he has announced that he will devote himself wholeheartedly to the advancement of aeronautics. His first step in that direction is the publishing of this book and no one can doubt that its influence will be of enormous value in pushing on man's conquest of the air. It will be idle for me or anyone else to estimate now what these results will be. But America vibrates with glowing pride at the thought that out from our country has come this fresh spirit of the air and that the whole world hails Lindbergh not only as a brave aviator but as an example of American idealism, character and conduct."
This letter was written regarding Lindbergh's receipt of a book mailed to him, the "International Control of Aviation", which had been published in 1930 by Kenneth W. Colegrove. Much of Lindbergh's later life revolved around social activism, which is apparent in this early letter in which Lindbergh already had connections to the World Peace Foundation. By the late 1930's, Lindbergh was actively in politics and giving speeches on war and peace. Lindbergh, a politically astute son of a United States Congressman resolved to speak out against President Franklin Roosevelt's illegal campaign to push the United States into the European war that had broken out in September 1939. In a series of persuasive and widely-noted speeches, Lindbergh gave voice to the thoughts and feelings of the great majority of Americans who wanted to keep their country out of war.
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