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    Eleanor Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed Defending FDR's Legacy.
    -December 23, 1947. Hyde Park, New York. Two pages. 6.5" x 10.25", on Val-Kill Cottages letterhead.
    -To: "My dear Miss Salit".
    -General toning to the paper, especially at the margins, with a small stain on page one and the usual fold creases, else with a bright signature and in very good condition.

    A letter in which Eleanor Roosevelt appears to be defending her husband's legacy after his death. She writes in full: "My dear Miss Salit:/ The best I can do is answer the statements in the article as they come along./ My husband gave to the Infantile Foundation during his life and that is why he left nothing to it in his will. The whole story will be told in the second volume of my autobiography which I am now writing./ My husband never transferred any servants to the government payroll. He asked me to pension those who were too old to start working for anyone else. At the time that the government took over the house and property at Hyde Park, they had a hard time to find people to work on the place, so when the government offered work to the old employees on the estate, they accepted and now the government would be loath to let them go since they know so much about the place and can give the history of the house and furnishings. They were too old to be included in the government's pension plan so I agreed that if at any time they had to retire, I would of course pension them./ My husband bought up to the limit of War Bonds in every issue as it came out but he gave them to our grandchildren during his life./ It is true that my husband was Assistant Secretary of the Navy during World War One, but he was not ensconced in Washington. He crossed the Atlantic several times during the war and went up to the front at Belleau Wood while the fighting was going on./ He escaped no inheritance taxes. The trustees of the estate felt that they had to do what was considered right for the estate, but everything was done quite legally. He told us that if we wished to keep the place during our life time, either I or the children were free to do so but he added that he thought we would find it very difficult to live there and in that I now know he was entirely correct./ Very sincerely yours,/ Eleanor Roosevelt". Just who "Miss Salit" was and what the purpose of her seemingly pointed questions might have been is sadly lost to history. Still, a letter with magnificent content worthy of further research.


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