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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 372« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Robert Edward Oswald Lee Resumed)

Mr. Oswald.
"My situation was not really as stable then as it is now. I have no troubles at all now along that line."
Mr. Mckenzie.
And, furthermore, he had moved from Room 233 in the Metropole Hotel to Room 201 in the Metropole Hotel. And marks on the letter of November 26th, "Note new room number."
Mr. Dulles.
Could I get into the record here, just for clarification-when was this written in relation to his arrival in the Soviet Union? Do we have that on the record? Was it a month after? Was it before the other incident that has been described for the record, with regard to----
Mr. Oswald.
If I may, sir; I believe I can answer that.
Mr. Jenner.
I didn't want to hazard a guess. If you know, will you please state it?
Mr. Oswald.
I believe Lee, as a matter of record, did arrive in the Soviet Union on October 13, 1959.
Mr. Dulles.
Is it written then, roughly, a little less than a month and-a little over a month after his arrival- these two letters referred to?
Mr. Oswald.
That is correct.
Mr. Jenner.
I intended to draw your attention to that which you have already mentioned-that is, in the letter of November 8 he indicated that he would be pleased if you would send him some funds, whereas on the last page of the letter of November 26th he advises you that as far as funds are concerned-he is in good shape.
Mr. Dulles.
And both of these letters were written, as I recall, before he was advised that he could not stay on in the Soviet Union the first time?
Mr. Jenner.
That is correct, sir. They are written before he went to Minsk, as well.
Mr. Dulles.
Thank you.
Mr. Jenner.
Had you sent him any funds in the interim period?
Mr. Oswald.
No, sir.
Referring to my testimony yesterday--at which time I replied to his letter of November 8, 1959, on his request for any money that I might send him, I stated to him I would gladly send him the necessary money for his return to the United States, and for that reason only.
I did not enclose any money in my answer.
Mr. Jenner.
Now, that is an interesting factor about which I would like to inquire of you; also, as to its implication.
Later, your brother, as the correspondence we have now introduced in evidence discloses, desired to return to the United States. And he was having, according to the correspondence, some problem in raising the necessary funds to return to the United States.
Did he at any time write you requesting that you honor your letter in response to his letter of November 8th in which you said you would gladly send him money to return to the United States?
Mr. Oswald.
No, sir; he did not request it directly. He had certainly indicated, as his letters do indicate, that he was having a little difficulty in raising the necessary funds to return to the United States. And I, in my reply to that letter, volunteered to raise the necessary funds to bring his wife and himself to the United States.
Mr. Jenner.
Would you identify the particular letter to which you now refer?
Mr. Oswald.
In reply to your question, sir, I am referring to the letter of February 15, 1962.
Mr. Jenner.
Which, for the record, is Commission Exhibit 315.
Did you respond to that letter and offer to advance to him the funds necessary to bring about his return to the United States?
Mr. Oswald.
Yes, sir; I did. And I also included an offer for him to stay with us on his return to the United States, he and his family, for any length of time that they so desired, until he was able to get settled himself.
Mr. Jenner.
Did you ever receive from him a letter in which he responded directly to your offer to advance funds?

Perhaps I will put it this way. Have you produced all of the letters that you received from him while he was in Russia?
Mr. Oswald.
To my knowledge this is all of the letters I received from him.
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