The small scrap of yellow paper is torn slightly at the top, and on it is scrawled a note in blue ink. The only indication of its age is its musty smell. “My thoughts have been with you constantly since being told the full truth today,” it reads. “I am overwhelmed beyond words. Nellie and I grieve for you and your children and pray that God will sustain you and give all of us the courage and wisdom we need in this dark hour in our nation’s history.” It’s a letter to Jackie Kennedy from the then-Texas governor John Connally and his wife, Nellie, both of whom were in the same car that early Friday afternoon, November 22 1963, when President John F Kennedy was felled
by an assassin and Connally was critically wounded in the chest.
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