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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as New York Senator.
    -January 29, 1912. Albany, New York. One page. 8" x 10.5". The Senate of the State of New York letterhead.
    -To: John Hackett of Poughkeepsie, New York.
    -Paper toned, with the usual fold creases, else fine.

    FDR writes to one of his attorneys regarding the application for a water grant by William Barber, and the absence of records at both the New York land board and the legislature. Accompanied by the original transmittal envelope.

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    A very historic and extremely rare typed letter signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt," January 29, 1912, with original transmittal envelope with FDR's unique seal, on The Senate of the State of New York, Albany/ Franklin D. Roosevelt, 26th District letterhead, written from Albany, New York, in which FDR mentions his brother James Roosevelt "Rosy" Roosevelt. FDR writes to one of his personal attorneys while a very young man, John Hackett, Esq., of Poughkeepsie, New York. FDR writes: "It is certainly an extraordinary thing about that application for the water grant by William Barber. There is no question that there is no record of such a grant in the minutes of the land board and equally certain that there was no grant by the legislature./ The office of the Secretary of State is now trying to find out whether it has not books containing copies of the letter sent by the land office. The letters of applicants and to the land office are, of course, preserved and if we can secure the replies from the land office I expect that the matter will be cleared up. I do not anticipate, however that we can prove any grant. I know of no other granting source outside of the land board or the legislature./ Mr. George Walker was away, when I called on him in New York last Friday but I expect to see him this coming Friday. In the meantime I have written him that my brother has been good enough to allow the railroad to cut off the rock outside the tracks at the point claimed by him and that he is doing this only with a desire of not seriously impeding the work of the road./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." Attorneys Henry T. and John M. Hackett handled the personal legal affairs of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family, and many of their Hudson Valley neighbors. The Hackett family came to the Hudson River Valley in 1852 and served for more than a century as "country lawyers" to the region's aristocracy, managing the day-to-day affairs – both legal and practical – of the estates of the great River Families. Descendants of Irish immigrants, the Hacketts established a law office on Union Street in Poughkeepsie, New York in 1876. In so doing they helped shape the history and traditions of the Hudson Valley through the preparation of wills, deeds, conveyances, quit claims and all of the other legal necessities of wealth and land ownership. A fabulous, rare, and interesting letter.

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