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10 amazing presidential letters


United States Presidents are some of the most amazing men (and someday women!) in history. Reading their personal letters helps give insight into their minds. Sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, Mental Floss’s list is a must-see. Here’s one example, a letter by a 10-year-old JFK

A Plea for a raiseBy Jack Kennedy

Dedicated to myMr. J. P. Kennedy

Chapter I

My recent allowance is 40¢. This I used for areoplanes and other playthings of childhood but now I am a scout and I put away my childish things. Before I would spend 20¢ of my ¢.40 allowance and in five minutes I would have empty pockets and nothing to gain and 20¢ to lose. When I a a scout I have to buy canteens, haversacks, blankets, searchlidgs, poncho things that will last for years and I can always use it while I can’t use a cholcalote marshmellow sunday with vanilla ice cream and so I put in my plea for a raise of thirty cents for me to buy scout things and pay my own way more around.

FinisJohn Fitzgerald Francis Kennedy

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