Making Arrangements to Record Audio for “The Wisdom of Wilderness” and “An African Essay”

Signed by Charles A. Lindbergh

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LINDBERGH, CHARLES A. (1902-1974). American aviator; made the first solo non-stop transatlantic flight. TLS. (“Charles A. Lindbergh”). 1p. 4to. Greenough, December 29, 1968. On Lindbergh Cattle Company stationery. To editor Margaret K. Thompson.

“I am sorry about the lateness of this reply to your November letters. I have been travelling almost constantly, with very little time to devote to a hopeless accumulation of mail.

My wife and I fully understand the need of condensation you mention in your November 13th letter. Of course we would like to hear and comment on the cutting and narrating you recommend. It seems to me the schedule you outline is entirely satisfactory – certainly from our standpoint.

The only problem I see is to make my wife’s and my schedules correspond to the dates on which you may need our comments and/or readings. Please let us have as much advance notice and give us as much leeway here as possible. I am often abroad on trips for a month or more at a time. So the farther my wife and I can carry out our part in advance, the better.

It might be advantageous if you could let us see a sample of the suggested cuts and narration in manuscript form. We will be glad to devote the time required to make the resulting recording as good as possible; but it is essential that we keep our schedules in this respect well in advance of your requirements. For instance, my wife usually spends two or three of the summer months abroad, and she would not want to return to New York to make additional recordings.

As to near-future schedules, I must be in New York for meetings on January 6th and 7th. Thereafter, I leave almost immediately for Europe and Asia. From this trip, I expect to be back on the east coast sometime in February, but will probably have to be off again soon on a Pan American Directors inspection trip. My wife, who is with me here in Montana, will return to Connecticut about the same time I do. So a letter will reach us at Scotts Cove in about a week. Thereafter, I won’t be certain of rendezvousing with my mail again before February.…”

Anne and 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. It was awarded to Lindbergh 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 through 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 Lindbergh’s aviation experiences not only provided inspiration for her writing, but 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. She is the author of the critically‑acclaimed North to the Orient (1935), which recounts the couple’s perilous Great Circle flight, and Listen, the Wind! (1938), chronicling their Atlantic flight across Bermuda and the Azores.

In the 1950s, Lindbergh was asked by Juan Trippe to serve as technical advisor to Transcontinental Air Transport, as well as Pan-American Airways, personally pioneering many of company’s routes. In 1953, he wrote The Spirit of St. Louis, an autobiographical account of his famous flight. An immediate success, it earned Lindbergh the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in 1954. In his later years, Lindbergh devoted himself to environmental causes and the plight of indigenous cultures. In 1968, he flew to Indonesia and Borneo, lobbying presidents Sukharno and Ferdinand Marcos, respectively, to help protect the endangered Javan rhinoceros and the wild buffalo, the tamaru.

In its December 22, 1967 “Wild World” issue, Life magazine published Lindbergh’s essay “The Wisdom of Wilderness.” At the time, Lindbergh was deeply involved in conservation, serving as director of the World Wildlife Fund, a member of the advisory board of the Nature Conservancy and active with the Oceanic Foundation. In 1969, Lindbergh narrated a filmstrip based on his essay and produced by Guidance Associates. Also in 1969, Guidance Associates produced the filmstrip “An African Essay” taken from Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s essay of the same name and with her narration. Both film strips are likely the subject of our letter.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh with children Jon, Land and Anne

When not traveling, the Lindbergh’s spent time at one of the family’s three residences: their home in Connecticut mentioned in our letter, a chalet on Lake Geneva, or his personal favorite, a cottage on the Hawaiian island of Maui.

Our letter is unusually written on the letterhead of the Lindbergh Cattle Company, the 65,000‐acre Black Angus cattle ranch operated in Montana by Lindbergh’s sons Jon Morrow Lindbergh (b.1932) and Land Morrow Lindbergh (b.1937) from 1965 to 1986.

Folded with some creasing and staple holes in the upper left corner. In very good condition.

Making Arrangements to Record Audio for “The Wisdom of Wilderness” and “An African Essay”

Signed by Charles A. Lindbergh

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