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JFK's Premonition Actually Lincoln's

July 29, 1998|From Times Wire Reports

A note written by John F. Kennedy in 1961 and made public July 22 appeared to suggest that the president had a premonition of his own death. However, the note paraphrased a thought that has been attributed to Abraham Lincoln and that had sometimes been quoted by Kennedy in his 1960 presidential campaign. In the note, Kennedy wrote, "I know that there is a God and I see a storm coming. If he has a place for me, I am ready." Kennedy's secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, said in her diary that she found the note and kept it while cleaning up papers on Air Force One.

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