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    Eleanor Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as First Lady.
    -October 4, 1934. Washington, D.C. One page. 6" x 9".
    -To: Mrs. Hereford Dugan of Indianapolis, Indiana.
    -Toned with light stains in top left corner. Separations at the two folds have been taped on verso. Very good.

    Written on White House stationery concerning Alonzo Fields (1900-1994), the chief butler at the White House from 1931-1953. Mrs. Roosevelt politely, yet firmly, responds to Mrs. Dugan, who had urged Mrs. Roosevelt to fire Fields. In part: "My husband and I felt that it was better to make as few changes in the White House staff as possible, because the house will naturally run better if the same servants are kept on through all administrations... However, I have spoken to the head butler, Fields, and told him of your difficulties, and suggested that it would be better taste if he could induce his mother not to participate in this particular way in a political campaign. I think he saw my point and agreed with me." Fields, who had been hired by Republican President Herbert Hoover, wrote My Twenty One Years in the White House, published in 1960. In the 1934 election, his mother was campaigning for a Republican.

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