FDR to son James regarding Harvard: "... mine was a 'poor class' for it split up in to cliques at the start and hasn't got over it yet..."Franklin D. Roosevelt: Autograph Letter Signed "Father".
-October 23, 1927. From Warm Springs, Georgia. Two pages. 7.25" x 10.5". On Vice President Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland letterhead.
-To James Roosevelt, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.
-Even toning, fine condition.
The original envelope accompanies FDR's handwritten letter to his son James. The letter reads: "Ever so many thanks for your lovely long letter. I'm too sorry about the knee and that it definitely keeps you out of your numerals this fall. However, one can't have everything all at once and it will give you more time to work in preparation for the exams. I hope there will be fewer 'busts' in your class than there were last year and the year before. German must be rotten, but I think Mother and I will be able to help you get an idea of what its all about at Xmas. I'm awfully glad you are on the Dormitories Committee and that it's a 'good class' as a whole - mine was a 'poor class' for it split up in to cliques at the start and hasn't got over it yet. Let me know how rowing goes, I suppose the preliminary crew are made up and that you won't have much longer to go out on the river as I think the work generally ends about Yale game time./ Much love - I go home about Nov. 8th."
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In FDR's own hand in its entirety, an autograph letter signed "Affectionately Father," two facing pages, 4to, on Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland letterhead, from Warm Springs, dated October 23, 1927, to FDR's oldest son James Roosevelt. FDR's handwritten letter to his son James is accompanied by the original envelope addressed to "Mr. James Roosevelt/ George Smith Hall/ Harvard Univ./ Cambridge/ Massachusetts," also in FDR's own hand, postmarked October 23, 1927 at Warm Springs, Georgia. This handwritten letter is an uncommon and very personal message to FDR's oldest son who was then a freshman student at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In this letter FDR even references what happened to his own Harvard University class in a negative light, wishing a better situation for his son, now a freshman at Harvard. James Roosevelt was at the time residing in Smith Halls, which were constructed in 1914 as freshman dormitories. FDR writes in his own hand: "Warm Springs/ Oct. 23/ Dear Jimmy –/ Ever so many thanks for your lovely long letter – I'm too sorry about the knee and that it definitely keeps you out of your numerals this fall – However, one can't have everything all at once and it will give you more time to work in preparation for the exams. I hope there will be fewer ‘busts' in your class than there were last year and the year before!/ German must be rotten, but I think Mother and I will be able to help you get an idea of what its all about at Xmas –/ I'm awfully glad you are on the Dormitories Committee – and that it's a ‘good class' as a whole – mine was a ‘poor class' for it split up in to cliques at the start and hasn't got over it yet./ Let me know how rowing goes, I suppose the preliminary crew are made up and that you won't have much longer to go out on the river as I think the work generally ends about Yale game time./ Much love – I go home about Nov. 8th./ Affectionately/ Father." A terrific, personal handwritten letter from FDR to his oldest child while FDR was away at Warm Springs, Georgia, in his continued attempt to recover from poliomyelitis. This letter has very interesting content from father to son, now following in his father's footsteps at Harvard University. James Roosevelt (1907-1991) was born in New York City December 23, 1907; attended schools in New York and St. Albans School of Washington, D.C.; was graduated from Groton School in 1926 and from Harvard University in 1930; in 1930 became an insurance broker in Boston, Massachusetts; organized Roosevelt & Sargent, Inc., and served as President until January 1937; secretary to father, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1937 and 1938; motion picture industry November 1938-November 1940; went on active duty as a captain in the United States Marine Corps in November 1940; promoted to colonel April 13, 1944, and served in the Pacific Theater; released from active duty in August 1945; brigadier general United States Marine Corps Reserve, retired; rejoined Roosevelt & Sargent, Inc., as Executive Vice President and established an office in Los Angeles, California, in June 1946; served as chairman of the board, Roosevelt & Haines, Inc.; was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of California in 1950; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1948, 1952, 1956, and 1960; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1955, to September 30, 1965; unsuccessful candidate for Democratic nomination for mayor of Los Angeles, California, in April 1965; resigned from Congress effective September 30, 1965, to become United States representative to United Nations Economic and Social Council, resigning in December 1966; public relations consultant; was a resident of Newport Beach, California, until his death there on August 13, 1991. A wonderful piece of personal Roosevelt as well as American history.
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