Lot 245: 5 Items, 3 w/ Jacqueline Kennedy handwriting.
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: [Kennedy, Jacqueline] 5 items (3 with Jacqueline Kennedys handwriting). ++ ANS related to drinks served at White House events, addressed to Anne Lincoln, who then gave the ANS to Rex Scouten. Lincoln was the Executive Housekeeper. Scouten was then the Assistant to the Chief Usher of the White House, and was Chief Usher beginning in 1969. Reads in full: Anne/ Will you tell them after this- & things like the Judicial- (afternoon receptions)- To do the following- (1) The minute guests appear - (before I have to go in the hall & signal wildly) - have them appear with trays of drinks/ (2) Have drink trays consist of - Not gin & tonic & daiquiris in winter! - normal drinks & most important - some dubonnet on the rocks - some sherry - something for the ladies - Then also pass a tray of just champgne in the long - stemmed glasses./ Today was disastrous- we were there 10 min with nothing - I yodel down the hall & a tray appears with gin & tonic - daiquiris - tomato juice - & a couple of highballs- it looked appalling- I think it really is so much more elegant if they just pass a tray of champagne- & one at highballs- skip all the rest- it looks awful - & everyone knows this isnt a cocktail party- So forget all I have said before - & brief the staff this way: The moment the 1st guest appears- Also appear 3 waiters bearing trays of (a) champagne (b) highballs-scotch & Bourbon (c) tomato juice & dubonnet on the rocks-/ It is so strange - after 3 yrs here - they still dont seem to know what to do- though they are all so sweet & you find them trembling in the pantry mixing the strangest little things that no one wants - So let us make the above list MANDATORY- In spring (you - the housekeeper - can decide when spring is upon us) - they can pass a 4th tray - (d) gin & tonics/ Allan should look out our doors down the hall- & signal when the 1st guest appears & then out with the trays - PRONTO- Tell Charles this - it really must go more quickly & more efficiently in the future/ Thanks J. Blue ink, on 5 single sided notesheets with The White House/ Washington printed at top. 12mo. Contemp paper clip mark, near fine. ++ AN by Jacqueline Kennedy (unsigned): Will go to Lenora Thompson after tea - children also - about 3-330/ Ponies had better go down that morning. Has leaf number 6 at upper left, but unlike the 5-leaf ANS,this brief AN is in pencil. ++ Typed note by James B. West (who preceded Rex Scouten as Chief Usher), with 2 responses in Jacqueline Kennedys hand (unsigned). West states that Pushinka (the Kennedys dog and the future mother of a litter) will be in heat, and that a vet should be contacted to prevent resorption of the fetus, Jackie Kennedy writes What a nuisance- but JFK thinks it is historic- so we better do it. West also asks about a dewclaw on Charlie (the Kennedys other dog and future father of Pushinkas litter). Jacqueline Kennedy writes McEwan for mating/ I can take Charlie off to Dr McCrea when I pick up clipper. 12mo, White House notesheet, minor crease to corner, near fine. ++ Recipe for pineapple-orange-mint iced tea. Handwritten (not by Jacqueline Kennedy), on small notecard with Ethel Kennedy printed at top. Staple evidence, very good. ++ 2-leaf typed Suggested Toast for a visit by President Leopold Senghor of Senegal. [Probably 1960s, but Senghor remained in power until 1980.] ++ Provenance: Rex Scouten Collection of White House Americana. Scouten served 10 Presidents from Truman to Clinton, including time as a Secret Service agent, Chief Usher of the White House, and White House Curator.