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Taft, Helen

First Lady- signed letter on blue White House stationery, 3 pages on a folded bifolium 8vo sheet. June 16 [ny]. Taft thanks Mr. Barrett for an orchid that she plans to wear to a luncheon that day. Taft suffered a stroke just a few months into her husband's term as president. She was never a high producer of autographs but the stroke further limited anything she might write or autograph as First Lady. Almost all her correspondence was written by a secretary or her daughter but then signed by her. They are often incorrectly offered as being completely written by her. Her full handwritten signed letters as First Lady are very scarce. Her White House signed letters are uncommon.[#5556]