A recent auction in New York of items belonging to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis turned up a small treasure for a luxury resort in Jamaica and raised an interesting question about Mrs. Kennedy's state of mind shortly before she became First Lady. While staying at the Half Moon Golf, Tennis & Beach Club in Montego Bay on Jan. 11, 1960, Mrs. Kennedy used the hotel stationery to write her last will and testament. She sent the single-page document to Evelyn Lincoln, her husband's secretary, requesting that it be sent to JFK's lawyer in the event they did not return from Jamaica. The will specifies that "in the event of her parents' death," Caroline should be entrusted to the care of Edward M. Kennedy and his wife, Joan. Heinz Simonitsch, managing director of the resort, purchased the item, for an undisclosed price, so that it could be returned to Half Moon. But the document caused us to wonder what prompted Mrs. Kennedy to write the will then, several days after her husband announced his candidacy for president.

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