personal note warmly inscribed by ronald reagan in September of 1987
Ronald Reagan Autographed Note Signed.
Item Number: 85495
Autograph note signed by Ronald Reagan on his personal letterhead as follows, “20 Sept. ’89 Dear Ford and Norma, Thanks for your letter and generous words, I’m more grateful than I can say. Thank you too for your prayers. They were answered & I have had an almost instant recovery, at home and feeling just great. Nancy sends her best to you. Again thanks & Best Regards, Ron.” In September if 1989, President Ronald Reagan underwent routine brain surgery for the removal of a subdural hematoma resulted from a horse-back riding accident. An accomplished rider, he was thrown from a bucking horse while visiting the ranch of personal friend William Wilson in Cananea, Mexico. Matted and framed. Affixed to the back of the frame is the envelope in which the letter was sent addressed in Reagan’s hand: “Mr. and Mrs. Ford B. Ford 12115 Breckenridge Lane Woodbridge, Va. 22192.” Reagan has also signed his name in pen in the return address. The entire piece measures 18 inches by 13.5 inches. Rare and desirable.
Personal friend and United States Secret Service Agent said of Reagan and the challenges of protecting him: "The greatest challenge for the Secret Service is what the President does for recreation...President Reagan did the most dangerous thing you can do. He rode horses. When he first got elected, he would go back to his beloved ranch and his beloved horses. The problem was, by no fault of their own, the agents couldn’t keep up with him. They were falling off left and right. One agent finally fell off and broke his arm, and the President jumped off his horse and helped him. That’s when they said 'We’re supposed to be protecting him. He’s not supposed to be taking care of us.' "