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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Autograph Note Signed "Roosevelt" as President.
    -No date [possibly February 1939]. No place [aboard the U.S.S. Houston]. One page. 8" x 10.5". Lined paper. In pencil.
    -To: Governor Lawrence W. Cramer of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    -Soiled area at lower right affecting nothing, else fine.

    The text of a telegram to Governor Cramer, written on board the U.S.S. Houston, entirely in Roosevelt's hand with his own corrections and changes. FDR wrote "Clear" at the top denoting that this particular message did not require a restricted channel for transmission. In full, "Governor Cramer- Please express to the people of the Virgin Islands my great regret that I was unable to go ashore at Charlotte Amalie [capital city of the Virgin Islands], and also my great satisfaction in knowing of the definite progress that has been made in many ways in the islands in the last few years. I send them my very good wishes and I am sure they know of my continuing interest in their welfare./ Roosevelt". Cramer had taken over as the second civilian governor of the Virgin Islands in 1935 and served until 1940.


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