A heartfelt response to a detractor.Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as New York Governor and Marked "Personal."
-February 15, 1932. Albany, New York. One page, 8" x 10.5". State of New York Executive Chamber letterhead.
-To: Mr. Walter L. Bennett, Lowville, New York.
-Usual folds, else very fine.
In this wonderful letter, marked "Personal," FDR writes, in full: "My dear Mr. Bennett: A letter such as yours cannot help but sadden any man who honestly respects, as I do, the individual opinions of his fellow citizens. I wish we could sit down and talk over the whole situation - there is much that could be adduced in support of my belief, which of necessity had to be briefly expressed in my recent speech, and while I would not wish to change your honest opinion, I would like to have the opportunity to go over with you some of the debatable points. In general, however, it is the human tendency to make a symbol of many human institutions and to reflect the whole when disappointed in any part of it. Under such circumstances, do you not think the end in view may be better attained by building anew rather than trying to reshape the faulty instrument - or even to change men's minds as to its essential soundness? I yield to no one in my desire to further international amity, for as no man can live unto himself so no nation can ignore the existence - and the problems - of others. But the patching-up process is seldom a success, and I believe that some other solution lies ahead. I have answered your letter as quickly as I could, and regret that the pressure of official duties prevents a more detailed reply. I appreciate your taking the trouble to write me - you may rest assured that I would rather hear adverse criticism than meet the silent indifference which is so discouraging to anyone in a position of public trust. Very sincerely yours, Franklin D. Roosevelt." A fabulous letter written by new Democratic Presidential candidate FDR to a detractor dealing with the ramifications of international affairs, elegantly worded by the future president of the United States.
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