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    FDR letter to son John, "Dear Johnny... Write me soon. I miss you much. Your Devoted Father."

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Autograph Letter Signed "Your Devoted Father."
    -November 2, 1927. Warm Springs, Georgia. Two pages. 8.5" x 11". Roosevelt & O'Connor letterhead.
    -To: John Aspinwall Roosevelt, Hyde Park, New York.
    -Folds, light toning. Ex. Christie's, "The Roosevelt Era" sale, February, 2001.

    FDR writes, "I'm glad to hear from Mother that you have made center on the School football team-& I hope that you are also on the honor roll again! Do send a line some day to Gordon Foster, he so often speaks of you and Franklin. Soon you will be off for Cambridge & Groton. I wish I could be there too-I hope you will see a Harvard victory, but so far Yale seems to have much the stronger team. Everything goes well here & the weather continues like summer, & everything is very dusty & dried up. Write me soon. I miss you much."

    See following lot for hand-addressed transmittal envelope.


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    In FDR's own hand in its entirety, an autograph letter signed "Your devoted Father," two facing pages, 4to, on Roosevelt & O'Connor/ Counselors At Law/ 120 Broadway/ New York letterhead, from Warm Springs, dated November 2, 1927, to FDR's youngest son John Aspinwall Roosevelt. This handwritten letter is an uncommon and very personal message to FDR's son who was then 11 years old. FDR writes in his own hand: "Dear Johnny/ I'm glad to hear from Mother that you have made center on the School football team–& I hope that you are also on the honor roll again!/ Do send a line some day to Gordon Foster, he so often speaks of you and Franklin./ Soon you will be off for Cambridge & Groton. I wish I could be there too–I hope you will see a Harvard victory, but so far Yale seems to have much the stronger team./ Everything goes well here & the weather continues like summer, & everything is very dusty & dried up./ Write me soon. I miss you much./ Your devoted/ Father." A wonderful, personal handwritten letter from FDR to his youngest child while FDR was away at Warm Springs, Georgia, in his continued attempt to recover from poliomyelitis. This letter and accompanying envelope all in FDR's own hand sold at the Christie's "The Roosevelt Era" auction in February, 2001, Lot 159, for $8,300. A fabulous piece of personal Roosevelt as well as American history.



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