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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
    -January 6, 1915. Washington, D.C. One page. 7" x 9". Assistant Secretary of the Navy letterhead.
    -To: Albert S. LeVino, Esq. of New York City.
    -One original mailing fold, signature a bit light, else very fine.

    FDR writes to writer and reporter Levino about an interview, dropping some big names as he does. In part, "While I would suggest that there is some risk in my appearing in the same series of articles with eminent publicists like Mr. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, I shall, nevertheless, be very glad to see you and Mr. Hancock any time you come down here... Of course, anything that I can do to help in the education of the country on the needs for national defense will give me great pleasure..." The industrialists he mentions were both vocally opposed to American involvement in the Great War in Europe.


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    FDR signature, signed as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, January 6, 1915 on Navy Department, Washington letterhead. FDR writes to Albert S. LeVino, very interesting and historic content: "My dear Mr. LeVino:/ While I would suggest that there is some risk in my appearing in the same series of articles with eminent publicists like Mr. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, I shall, nevertheless, be very glad to see you and Mr. Hancock any time you come down here. I cannot guarantee being free on the evening of January 16th, but will be in Washington that day and the next and can undoubtedly find time if you will let me know when you arrive. Of course, anything that I can do to help in the education of the country on the needs for national defense will give me great pleasure./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." Albert S. LeVino was a writer who penned a very early baseball film, Right Off the Bat in 1915, directed by Hugh Reticker, in which New York Giants' manager John McGraw is also cast in the film. FDR mentions John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie, who were larger than life industrial figures opposing American involvement in the Great War, which had commenced in Europe the year before. FDR, Assistant Secretary of the Navy under President Woodrow Wilson, is seeking to bolster the American position in going up against these industrial giants in the printed media, foreshadowing FDR's more central role in this domain as President two decades later in preparing American for World War II. A very interesting and historically significant letter.



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