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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Autograph Letter Signed Regarding Warm Springs Property Acquisition. April 14. New York. One page. 8.5" x 11", Roosevelt & O'Connor letterhead. To Arnold T. Koch, junior member of the law firm. FDR writes: "Dear Mr. Koch/ I have to get the surveyor from Atlanta to get the dimensions for the Hardaway lots, and will send them in about 10 days./ Sincerely yours...". Roosevelt first went to Warm Springs in October 1924 upon the recommendation of George Foster Peabody who suggested that the warm, buoyant waters there might be of benefit to his paralysis. He fell in love with the waters and the resort and, in 1926, purchased it to create a center for the hydrotherapeutic treatment of polio victims. He established the non-profit Georgia Warm Springs Foundation and continued to develop the facility by purchasing adjacent properties. As this letter shows, he was very "hands-on" in matters regarding Warm Springs. Near fine condition with folds, a small tear at lower right corner, and some paperclip staining.

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