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    Eleanor Roosevelt Letters (4) Signed. Four letters all addressed to Jesse Gordon of the Young Men's Council written in 1934 and 1935, all on White House letterhead, 6" x 9.25". Most notable in the group is a two-page letter dated August 29, 1935 which reads, "PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL AND NOT FOR PUBLICATION!" across the top. Roosevelt responds to Gordon's request for her opinion on a speech he had given regarding the state of the economy. It is clear that Roosevelt's more progressive stance is diametrically opposed to Gordon and she artfully outlines her ideas. In small part: "I agree with you that government spending must gradually be curtailed but at least the present government spending is producing many tangible, constructive things, such as bridges, roads, housing, etc., and in less tangible results of rehabilitating human beings... I am afraid that your attitude towards women is completely foreign to my more modern ideas. I doubt if really good men are displaced by even really good women. As a rule, women hold jobs which they can hold better than men, not jobs which men can hold just as well. The reason that women can sometimes find work today where their husbands can not is often that the type of work which they do is more in demand..." Roosevelt's language is pointed and direct, and touches many aspects of the economy including income tax. Great content.

    A second letter (two pages) dated September 27, 1935 continues the discussion and further challenges Gordon to better investigate his arguments. She writes, "As I suggested in my other letter, I think it would be interesting for you to study the amount of capital losses which we sustained during the World War, and compare it with the results which we are obtaining from the money we are now spending. We will probably bring about a better standard of living, and a better standard of living will eventually make better business..."

    The two other letters in the group are dated December 10, 1934 and January 7, 1935. Each is a single page, making inquiries about Gordon's work in the Young Men's Council. Together with two issues of The Literary Digest that include articles quoting Gordon. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: All letters have light, uneven toning, and flattened folds. With Gordon's mailing labels affixed with cello tape to the backs of all the letters.


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