Bonhams will be offering The American Presidency curated sale of Presidential ephemera online from February 11 featuring a reange of interesting documents and letters.
* President Kennedy's last day official schedule annotated by with minute-by-minute detail (estimate: $40,000 – $60,000)
This mimeographed manuscript includes annotations by Dave Powers (1912-1998) who served in the Kennedy Administration as Special Assistant and assistant Appointments Secretary to President John F. Kennedy, but as much a friend as a political adviser. He accompanied Kennedy to Dallas on November 21-22, 1963, and this lot features the detailed notes he took about the day's activities on the official White House itinerary distributed to staffers which begins with a 10.45am departure from the White House by helicopter and an 11am departure from Andrews Air Force Base.
He adds in manuscript the events of the assassination: "12:30 3 shots ; 12:36 Carried my President on stretcher—raced to operation room (TRAUMA); 12:52 PARKLAND HOSPITAL emergency operating room #1 / 1:00 My President is dead." The date of Powers' notes is not clear, but they are presumed to have been made in the hours or days after the assassination.
* Mary Todd Lincoln argues about payment for the suit Lincoln wore to the inauguration (estimate: $15,000 – $20,000)
William S. Wood (c.1813-1873) was a hotel manager and railroad executive who was chosen to supervise Lincoln's travel from Springfield to Washington via New York in early 1861. By the time of this correspondence (October 1861), Mrs. Lincoln is complaining about him spending money without her authority. In the present letter, Mrs. Lincoln writes: "Gentlemen: / There is no misunderstanding in the matter. Mr. Wood, without any order or unsolicited, had Mr. L. measured for a suit of clothes. Of course it was not supposed they were a present from you, but Wood mentioned that they were to be presented to the President—and nothing more was thought of it until your bill was presented. Mr. Wood was requested to select the summer suit. / I remain respectfully / Mary Lincoln." It is not known if the Lincolns ever paid for the suit.