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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Autograph Letter Signed.
    -Undated, but pencil notation in lower margin records receipt on April 9, 1924. From Warm Springs, Georgia. One page. 7.25" x 10.5", Vice President Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland letterhead.
    -To: "Mr. Van Nest", n.p.
    -Folds, toning, staple stain and two small perforations in upper left corner, good condition.

    FDR writes "Your letter has been forwarded down here, and as I fully expect to go home again by the middle of May, I shall be very glad to come to the exercises of the Rhinebeck on Decoration Day. Write me please what the hour is and where the exercises will be held." This letter gives us some direct indication of Roosevelt's planning to become engaged in civic events once again after his early battles with polio.


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    In FDR's own hand in its entirety, an autograph letter signed on Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland letterhead. FDR writes below his letterhead address, in his own hand: "Warm Springs, Ga." FDR writes on the front of one page, 8vo, undated, although pencil notation in another hand at the bottom left of the ALS indicates that FDR's handwritten letter was received on April 9, 1924, the time period in which FDR was reemerging in the political world after his initial battles with infantile paralysis. The handwritten letter was composed by FDR at Warm Springs, Georgia, the site of his work dedicated to the cure of infantile paralysis, as well as the site of his own death some twenty one years later. FDR writes in his own hand: "My dear Mr. Van Nest:/ Your letter has been forwarded down here, and as I fully expect to go home again by the middle of May, I shall be very glad to come to the exercises of the Rhinebeck on Decoration Day./ Write me please what the hour is and where the exercises will be held./ Sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." It was barely a month and a half later, on June 26, 1924, when FDR stood at the podium at Madison Square Garden in New York City and made his inspiring "Happy Warrior" speech to nominate Alfred E. Smith as the Presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. Smith didn't get the nomination until 1928, but FDR's speech wowed the crowd, signaled FDR's return to politics after being stricken with infantile paralysis and of course he later won the Democratic nomination in 1932. The rest is glorious history. A terrific personal and historic handwritten letter in which FDR indicates his willingness to participate in Decoration Day (now called Memorial Day) activities in nearby Rhinebeck, New York, just before his participation in the 1924 Democratic National Convention in New York City where he reemerged into the national political spotlight! This letter therefore gives us some direct indication of his planning to become engaged in civic events once again after his early battles with polio.



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