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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Document Signed.
    -No date [likely 1929-30]. Princeton, New Jersey. One page. 8.5" x 11".
    -Mailing folds throughout and even toning, else fine condition.

    FDR signs off on this form allowing his son Elliot to "...return home one week-end each month". Elliott Roosevelt (1910-1990) was the second surviving son of FDR and ER, and the most controversial. Elliott's behavioral challenges to his parents can be seen in this school permission form, which directs Elliott very specifically to come straight home when he is allowed to leave Princeton and The Hun School.


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    Franklin D. Roosevelt gives permission for his son Elliott to come home from school. On The Hun School of Princeton/ Princeton, N.J. letterhead, FDR signs his full name on a school form as Elliott's parent in order to allow his son weekend leave from the school to come home to visit. The undated document reads: "The Headmaster of The Hun School is willing to permit a student to spent one week-end per month away from the school if his work is good and if his conduct merits it./ No student, however, is allowed to leave Princeton without the consent of his family. Please indicate which privilege you wish to grant. Do not fill in more than one section./ 1. ___________ may leave Princeton only during school recesses, except upon written request from me./ 2. Elliott Roosevelt [written in Eleanor Roosevelt's hand] may return home [‘return home' is underlined in pen] one week-end per month./ 3. ___________ may spend one week-end per month away from Princeton. (This section gives the student permission to go wherever he wishes.)[this third option is crossed out in its entirety in pen]./ Franklin D. Roosevelt/ Parent or Guardian." A wonderful and personal item from the Roosevelt family. FDR and ER make it clear that son Elliott's leaves from The Hun School in Princeton are only for weekend visits home (which ER or FDR underlines), further emphasized by the fact that either FDR or ER crossed out the entry giving blanket permission for Elliott to go wherever he wishes, even though crossing out this option wasn't necessary! Elliott Roosevelt (1910-1990) was the second surviving son of FDR and ER, and the most controversial. Elliott's behavioral challenges to his parents can be seen in this school permission form, which directs Elliott very specifically to come straight home when he is allowed to leave Princeton and The Hun School! There is a very fascinating story behind this item. After much research on the subject, the story behind Elliott Roosevelt and The Hun School was discovered after consulting James Roosevelt and Sidney Shallett's Affectionately, F.D.R.: A Son's Story of a Lonely Man (New York: Harcourt, Brace & Company, 1959). On pages 219-220 is the following information from FDR and ER's eldest son James: "That summer [of 1929], Mother took the two younger boys to Europe, leaving it up to Father to work out the college problem with Elliott. For a while Elliott talked about Princeton, but, when he took the college board examinations, he deliberately turned in blank papers. When Mother returned from Europe and discovered what Elliott had done, she showed herself to be a sterner parent than Pa ever was. She insisted that, whether Elliott went to college or not, he must demonstrate that he could pass the exams. So, protestingly, he was enrolled in Hun School, a "cram" preparatory institution, did well enough to satisfy Mother, and then didn't go to college." A truly wonderful personal Roosevelt family item. The foundation for The Hun School of Princeton was laid in 1914 by Dr. John Gale Hun, a professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. As a result of success working with and tutoring his own students, he decided to open the Princeton Math School, a school dedicated to preparing students for entrance into the nation's top colleges. Soon renamed The Princeton Tutoring School, Dr. Hun expanded the school's disciplines to include all areas of college-preparatory work. Distinguished for the quality of its teachers and the thorough preparation of its students, Dr. Hun's school reflected his own high standards and his abiding faith in young people.  Because the School soon outgrew its in-town quarters, Dr. Hun purchased property on Stockton Street in 1920. There, he constructed a new school complex with facilities for 150 boarding students. Renamed The Hun school of Princeton in l925, the School prospered for the next twenty years under John Hun's supervision. A wonderful and personal Roosevelt family memento.



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