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    FDR writes of son John, "...my youngest youngster... a splendid specimen..."

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Autograph Letter Signed as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
    -March 6, 1916. Washington, D.C. One page. 7" x 9.25". Embossed Assistant Secretary of the Navy letterhead.
    -To: "My Dear McLean".
    -Single mailing fold, excellent condition.

    FDR writes, "Many thanks for your very kind note and the certificate for my youngest youngster. He is a splendid specimen and the air of the District of Columbia seems to agree with him. His birth certificate will be carefully preserved for him." The child referred to as "a splendid specimen" was John Aspinwall Roosevelt.


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    In FDR's own hand in its entirety, an autograph letter signed, quarto leaf joined at the center vertical fold, on The Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Washington letterhead stationery, designed by FDR himself with a four-star printed admiralty flag at upper left, dated March 16, 1916, regarding FDR's newly born son John Aspinwall Roosevelt. FDR writes: "My dear McLean–/ Many thanks for your very kind note and the certificate for my youngest youngster. He is a splendid specimen and the air of the District of Columbia seems to agree with him. His birth certificate will be carefully preserved for him./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." FDR writes thanking Mr. McLean for providing the birth certificate for his youngest child, written in its entirety in FDR's own hand on The Assistant Secretary of the Navy letterhead. A very interesting and personal letter, in which FDR calls his youngest child a "splendid specimen."



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