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    Eleanor makes promises not to interfere with her children's rights to sell their father's story.

    Eleanor Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed "Anna Eleanor Roosevelt" to Her Children Regarding Their Father's Life Story.
    -December 12, 1956. No place. Two pages. 8.5" x 11", onionskin paper. A hand-signed carbon copy.
    -To: Anna, James, Elliott, Franklin Jr., and John (birth order).
    -Fine condition with staple holes in upper left corner and just a bit of edge tattering.

    A fascinating letter/ legal agreement from Eleanor to her children with a rare full name signature. It reads, in full: "I understand that you contemplate that some time in the future you will enter into an agreement with a producer to sell your rights to the story relating to your father's life and your participation in it in the form of a play, motion picture, TV or radio story, or some similar production. If you do so within my lifetime, I want you to know that I shall bring no action relating to the production resulting from any agreement you might make or to its exhibition, either for violation of any right of privacy which I may have or for libel with respect to any script which you approve. I am writing this to you not in the sense of a statement of expectation or of intention, but with the full intent that this promise shall run in favor of the producer with whom you enter into an agreement and shall be enforceable by him./ In making this promise to you, I do not mean to imply that I am also promising to assist the author and/or producer in writing the story or otherwise. Nor do I mean to imply that I will not have anything to do with the producer and his staff./ I realize that it will not be feasible to prepare a worthwhile production without securing from those who have had an intimate role in your father's life the true flavor and perspective of his various activities. It would be carrying modesty to foolish excess for me not to recognize that the contribution which I could make would at least be desirable. Unfortunately, such consulting services probably would require a considerable amount of my time. It does, therefore, seem proper to me that if the author and/or producer should want to call upon me for services, you should arrange for some fair payment to be made to me./ With love..." A very important and personal letter.

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