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ALS on the “girl supply” at His Son’s Swiss Boarding School

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LINDBERGH, CHARLES. (1902-1974). American aviator who was the first to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic. ALS. (“Father”). 3pp. 4to. Switzerland, January 29, 1960. To his son, SCOTT LINDBERGH (b. 1942), later a conservationist.

“Yesterday, I enrolled you in the International School of Geneva, Switzerland. You are definitely accepted, but this must be held in strict confidence until you receive formal notification of acceptance. You are to report to the school on the 10th, 11th, or 12th of September – not earlier than the 10th and not later than the 12th, with the 11th being probably the best date.

I spent a good part of yesterday afternoon with Mr. Forbes, the director. He seems to me to be a very perceptive and intelligent man, and I liked what I saw of the school. Mr. Forbes was quite impressed by the record you made at camp last summer, and, I think very much interested in you and the interests you are developing. He thought you might be able to take the school’s advanced course in mathematics next winter if your marks in that subject stay up this year. 

I have the feeling that you are going to get a lot out of this school and a year in Europe. I don’t think you will have to slave at the studies, but of course there will be considerable work and concentration involved. Incidentally, Mr. Forbes said to tell you to bring your skis.

 I read the list of subjects you want to take and apparently most of them will be available. You are to board at the school in an ex-private residents that holds about twenty boys – two or three to a room. Each boy arranges and decorates his own corner with posters, animal skins hung on the wall, or anything else that is not too inappropriate. 

The teachers and students are of all nationalities, with Americans predominating among the students. This should be pretty interesting. Mr. Forbes is a New Zealander. I think you will like him.

There is talk about a mountain climbing expedition on Mt. Etna next winter (vacation time) and a choice between this and skiing for the boys who don’t go home for Christmas. But this is only a possibility, and may depend on a reasonably good scholastic standing! 

I don’t know about the girl supply; but there are some pretty good looking ones in French Switzerland.

I miss those swims in the cove we had during the Christmas holidays, and look forward to more of them as soon as I get back.

I hope you are getting to school ahead of time every morning!!!

[A postscript in the upper margin of the first page reads:]

If you like the school, which I think you will, you have your mother to thank for finding it. I’ve just finished the enrollment that she started last summer”

Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh

Lindbergh’s flight in The Spirit of St. Louis brought him international acclaim and the $25,000 Orteig prize for the first non-stop flight between New York and Paris. He was awarded the prize in New York on June 16, 1927, barely four weeks after landing at Paris’s Le Bourget airport. A hectic year followed as Lindbergh traveled throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Mexico, where he met and courted Anne Spencer Morrow (1906-2001), daughter of the newly-appointed American ambassador. They were married on May 27, 1929. Anne served as his navigator and co‑pilot on many flights and wrote the critically‑acclaimed North to the Orient (1935) that recounts the couple’s perilous Great Circle flight, and Listen, the Wind! (1938), chronicling their Atlantic flight across Bermuda and the Azores. Anne’s aviation experiences not only provided inspiration for her writing, but also garnered her the Hubbard Medal, awarded in 1934, for her work as a co‑pilot and radio operator accompanying Lindbergh in a 40,000-mile flight over five continents – the first woman to be so honored. In his later years, when not traveling to exotic locations, Lindbergh spent time at one of the couple’s three residences: their home in Connecticut, a cottage on the Hawaiian island of Maui, or a chalet on Lake Geneva. Our letter was written just after the Lindberghs decided to quit their Darien, Connecticut home and spend 1960 in Vaud, Switzerland.

Lindbergh family

Anne Morrow Lindbergh and Her Children

Although the best remembered of their offspring was the ill-fated “Lindbergh baby” whose tragic kidnapping and murder was labeled the crime of the century, the Lindbergh’s had five other children including Scott, who graduated from Darien High School in 1960 and, later, attend Amherst College and Cambridge University. Lindbergh’s comment on the “girl supply” in at the École Internationale de Genève in “French Switzerland” is interesting as, it was revealed after Charles and Anne’s deaths, that Lindbergh had secretly fathered 7 children with three different German mistresses. Scott later became a zoologist and married a Belgian actress with whom he established a primate research center in France.

Written on three sides of two single sheets of blue paper. Folded with nominal wear including a small chip along the left edge of the last page, otherwise in excellent condition.

ALS on the “girl supply” at His Son’s Swiss Boarding School

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