Several years after President John F. Kennedy's assassination, Jacqueline Kennedy had an important decision to make. Two men were vying for her affections, and she had to
The letters she wrote to the man she turned down recently sold at auction for £98,500 or roughly $120,000. Written in 1968, the notes reject a marriage proposal from David Ormsby Gore, a friend
Ormsby Gore had accompanied Jacqueline on a trip to Cambodia in 1967. JFK and Ormsby Gore had grown close when the president's younger sister, Kick, married Ormsby Gore's cousin. Mr. Ormsby Gore went on to serve in Washington as Britain's ambassador during the Kennedy administration.
But Jacqueline had already decided to marry Aristotle
David Ormsby Gore, who served as the British ambassador to the United States.
Her letter hints at the controversial nature of her relationship with Onassis, whom many saw as an inappropriate choice for the former first lady. She wrote to Ormsby Gore on stationery from Onassis's
The letter was part of a larger auction at Bonhams in London and was put on sale by Ormsby Gore's grandson, Jasset. The collection included 18 handwritten letters and one typewritten letter from Jacqueline Kennedy. "The correspondence has been sitting in two official red despatch boxes for more than 40 years. The keys were nowhere to be found and in the
David Ormsby Gore's letters, photos, and other documents, now up for auction.
One other letter from the future Mrs. Onassis was especially moving, written after the death of Ormsby Gore's wife. It seems to anticipate that he wanted to marry her in their shared grief. "Your last letter was such a cri de coeur of loneliness–I would do anything to take that anguish from you," she wrote. "You want to patch the wounds & match the loose pairs–but you can't because your life won't turn out that way."
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