Autograph letter to his children, signed "Father".14 July 1987 Stock Code: 134841
NotesA handwritten letter from Friedrich Hayek to his children, sent during a stay in his native Austria in 1987. Hayek heads the letter "Dear children" and signs it off "Father"; he comments that the weather has been fine, that he has trouble with the altitude but is slowly adjusting to it, that he plans to stay until December, and that he hopes the children will be able to visit, although to let him know in advance if so. He gives his contact details, and writes that he hopes to hear from them soon, noting he is conscious that their lack of contact has been his fault - he has been ill, and the 88-year old Hayek goes on to outline his failing health: "I don't think I am still in any strict sense ill, and if all movement or activity is an effort it is evidently that the long illness has made me a really old man". He stills dreams of resuming travelling, "but this is at eighty-eight probably an illusion". Hayek died a few years later, but the letter shows his mind was still cogent, even if he recognized that his body was in decline.
Single sheet (30 x 21 cm) on letterhead (Hotel Edelweiss & Gurgl), written on both sides.
Minor split along edges of original creases, faint toning and trivial soiling, minor numerical jottings; overall in very good condition.
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