DescriptionFranklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President Regarding Oak Island.
-August 19, 1933. Washington, D. C. One page, 6.5" x 8.5". White House letterhead.
-To: Duncan G. Harris, New York, New York.
-Mounted on board and light toning, else very good.
FDR writes to his old friend Duncan G. Harris of New York City: "Dear Duncan:/ That is a grand picture of H. L. Bowdoin. I hope they are getting all that lies beneath the safe./ It would do both you and me good to go back to Oak Island for a month!/ Always sincerely,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt". FDR alludes to an expedition he undertook in 1909, when he became interested in the treasure and tales of Oak Island, Nova Scotia. Tales of the "Money Pit" had spread all over Canada, including FDR's summer home on Campobello Island. He and his group which included Duncan Harris raised $5000 for the expedition and sailed from New York on August 18, 1909. FDR's work on the island was brief and unprofitable but his interest continued for many years. In August, 1939, while he was visiting Halifax, Nova Scotia, he privately devised a plan to anchor his battleship off Mahone Bay and see the work then being conducted in search of the treasure but news of the imminent outbreak of war in Europe reached Roosevelt before he left Halifax and he was obliged to return immediately to New York. The mention of Captain H. L. Bowdoin is in reference to another celebrated treasure recovery at the time. Bowdoin was involved with the salvage of the S.S. Merida which was rammed and sunk by Admiral Farragut on May 28, 1911, while carrying wealthy aristocrat refugees from the Mexican Revolution. The ship reputedly was carrying a safe filled with six million dollars in gold and silver. A short letter with much treasure hiding just beneath the surface!
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