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    Eleanor Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as First Lady, with a Signed Photographic Portrait.
    -March 20, 1936. Washington, D.C. One page, 6" x 9.25". White House letterhead.
    -To: "Jim" [James A. Farley,] [Washington, D.C.].
    -Usual folds, holes caused by straight pins, else, fine.

    Mrs. Roosevelt writes, in full: "Dear Jim: I am passing these endorsements along to you as I promised I would do. I know the man's sister, but, of course, am making no recommendation as concerns his appointment. Very sincerely yours, Eleanor Roosevelt." James A Farley (1888-1976) ran FDR's campaign for governor of New York and figured prominently in FDR's 1932 and 1936 presidential campaigns. He was rewarded with positions as chairman of the Democratic National Committee (1932-1940) and as postmaster general (1933-1940). As postmaster general, Farley controlled patronage and screened prospective federal appointees for the President. In this letter, it appears that the first lady is forwarding one such candidate's endorsements to Farley as part of the vetting practice.

    Also included in this lot is a photograph of Eleanor Roosevelt, with her (faint) signature along the left arm. The photograph measures 8" x 10" and has "Ortho Print, N.Y." printed in the lower right corner. There is a 3.25" jagged closed tear intruding into the image space from the right edge. Photograph is in good condition.


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    December, 2008
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