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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as New York Governor.
    -May 13, 1932. Albany, New York. One page. 8" x 10.5". State of New York letterhead.
    -To: Mr. Carl Dodd of Huntington Park, California.
    -Original folds, foxing, toning, minor wear, writing on verso, else near fine.

    In this letter to students holding a mock presidential convention at Huntington Park High School in California, FDR writes (in part): "Your letter has been forwarded to me at Warm Springs, and I am hastening to assure you of my interest in your mock convention and my appreciation of the stand taken by your Mississippi delegation. I know that I have many warm friends among the actual voters of your state, although of course no one can prophesy what action will be finally taken on June 7th. Let us hope that the members of your high school group are good prophets and represent the feeling of those who will make the final decision. Since you ask for a "personal remark," I am enclosing a copy of one or two paragraphs from a speech made to the Young Democrats of New York State. This expresses my strong belief in a good groundwork of information as to party principles and history. Whoever may be the chosen candidate, I am sure that the Democratic Party of your high school will win their decision in the final school election." The verso includes a blue crayon note written at a later date by someone named "Bud," who used the letter, while folded (apparently being unaware of its contents), as a request for a morning wake-up call!


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    Interesting letter written by FDR as he was in the thick of his first nomination fight for President of the United States, written to Mr. Carl Dodd, c/o Miss MacLean, and directed towards high school students from Mississippi, a May 13, 1932 typed letter on State of New York, Executive Chamber, Albany letterhead. FDR writes: "My dear Mr. Dodd:–/ Your letter has been forwarded to me at Warm Springs, and I am hastening to assure you of my interest in your mock convention and my appreciation of the stand taken by your Mississippi delegation. I know that I have many warm friends among the actual voters of your state, although of course no one can prophesy what action will be finally taken on June 7th. Let us hope that the members of your high school group are good prophets and represent the feeling of those who will make the final decision./ Since you ask for a "personal remark," I am enclosing a copy of one or two paragraphs from a speech made to the Young Democrats of New York State. This expresses my strong belief in a good groundwork of information as to party principles and history./ Whoever may be the chosen candidate, I am sure that the Democratic Party of your high school will win their decision in the final school election./ Yours very sincerely,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." A terrific example of FDR's communications with the young people of America, too young themselves to vote in the upcoming 1932 general election, but nevertheless FDR acknowledges the value that these students have in conducting a "mock convention" that hopefully would serve to their parents as a model of the real Democratic National Convention, to convene the next month in Chicago, Illinois, a Convention that ultimately nominated FDR for President of the United States.



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