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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as New York Governor.
    -April 9, 1931. Albany, New York. One page. 8" x 10.5". State of New York letterhead.
    -To: W. D. Ellis of Atlanta, Georgia.
    -Original folds, mounted to backing board that has caused some toning, type faded, signature fine.

    In this letter to a Boy Scout representative, FDR writes (in part): "I have your letter and thank you very much for your cordial invitation. As you know, I am tremendously interested in scouting. The only difficulty is this-I am definitely declining all invitations to leave Warm Springs and Oglethorpe is the only exception, and I have a feeling that it is not quite the right thing to make another exception. I am sure you will understand."


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    Wonderful letter on State of New York, Executive Chamber, Albany stationery, dated April 9, 1931, to W. D. Ellis, Esquire of the Boy Scouts of America. FDR writes: "Dear Mr. Ellis:–/ I have your letter and thank you very much for your cordial invitation. As you know, I am tremendously interested in scouting. The only difficulty is this – I am definitely declining all invitations to leave Warm Springs and Oglethorpe is the only exception, and I have a feeling that it is not quite the right thing to make another exception. I am sure you will understand./ I hope you will extend my greetings to the guests and tell them how very sorry I am not to be able to be with them./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." FDR had a lifelong association with the Boy Scouts of America, and arguably contracted poliomyelitis as a result of this close association. As president of the Greater New York Boy Scouts Council, FDR visited a Boy Scout camp at Bear Mountain State Park in New York on July 27, 1921. He then joined his wife, Eleanor, and their children at their vacation home on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada. On August 10, 1921 he became feverish and ill, and over the course of several days gradually lost the use of his legs.  The typeface is faded in this important letter, but FDR's signature is bold. A very interesting letter, in which FDR lets the Boy Scouts down, gently.



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