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    Franklin D. Roosevelt Autograph Note Signed as President. One page, 8" x 10.5", n.p.; circa 1943-1945. A note in pencil to President Roosevelt from "Harry", (Harry Hopkins) asking if he would permit the Russians hosting dinner, along with the president's handwritten note on the bottom, agreeing to the request.

    At the bottom of the note, Roosevelt replied: "OK but I have to leave early as we sleep at the camp. FDR."

    The handwritten exchange was most likely made at Tehran Conference held from November 28 to December 1, 1943, during which the Russians hosted one of the dinners. Roosevelt's handwriting was further deteriorated by 1945.

    The note is accompanied by a second handwritten memo by Harry Hopkins related to the CWA, which Hopkins supervised as one of his responsibilities in FDR's administration. The undated memo, 5.25" x 8", is on White House letterhead and reads: "Lew / 1. C.W.A funds should not be used to pay administrative salaries 2. It will be out on April 15th any way." On the bottom of this note is written "The whole gawd damn thing is a folly."

    Harry Hopkins (1890-1946), born in Sioux City, Iowa, began his career as social worker in the ghettos of New York. He eventually rose to a close working relationship with President Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. Hopkins was the principal architect of President Roosevelt's New Deal, including the supervision of the Civil Works Administration (CWA), and was the president's political "point man." In that role, Hopkins performed as liaison and negotiator between Roosevelt, Great Britain's Prime Minister Winston Churchill and the Soviet Union's Joseph Stalin. Hopkins accompanied President Roosevelt to the Teheran (1943) and Yalta (1945) conferences with Churchill and Stalin in the capacity as an unofficial aid. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: Both documents have horizontal folds and a few slight wrinkles, but otherwise are in fine condition.

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