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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President.
    -December 16, 1936. Washington, D.C. One page. 7" x 9". White House letterhead with original transmittal envelope.
    -To: Mr. George K. Briggs, Boston, Massachusetts.
    -Folds, light aging. Very good.

    FDR writes: "It is good to get your note and I do hope that you and Hazel can come down to Washington sometime this winter. I will show you some of the pictures of the Neptune party. The Navy certainly gives the Royal Works in the correct way." According to the Archivist at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, New York, there are two files on Mr. Briggs: PPF 402 (about 100 pages) and OF 3828 (about 25 pages). Briggs was described in one memorandum as the President's "sailing partner," which makes FDR's references to the Navy in this letter quite understandable. Briggs was from Salem, Massachusetts, and he was an insurance salesman in Boston.


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    Letter signed December 16, 1936 on The White House Washington stationery to FDR's acquaintance George K. Briggs, Esq. FDR writes: "Dear George:-/ It is good to get your note and I do hope that you and Hazel can come down to Washington sometime this winter. I will show you some of the pictures of the Neptune party. The Navy certainly gives the Royal Works in the correct way./ Always sincerely, Franklin D. Roosevelt." According to the Archivist at the FDR Library in Hyde Park, New York, there are two files on Mr. Briggs:  PPF 402 (about 100 pages) and OF 3828 (about 25 pages).   Briggs was described in one memorandum as the President's "sailing partner," which makes FDR's references to the Navy in this letter quite understandable.  Briggs was from Salem, Massachusetts, and he was an insurance salesman in Boston.  Briggs always addressed his letters to FDR as "Skipper" and signed them as "Liverpool."  The FDR Library has the carbon of this letter, which was a reply to Briggs's letter of December 8, 1936.  Briggs welcomed FDR back from his most recent voyage, the post-election cruise/fishing trip to attend The Inter-American Conference for the Maintenance of Peace, attended by FDR and Secretary of State Hull, which established the principles of consultation and collaboration between American states on security issues (several other items pertaining to this international peace conference are also part of this FDR Collection). In his letter Briggs congratulates FDR on becoming a shellback on the U.S.S. Indianapolis. Briggs later served as Assistant Director of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation from 1927 until September 1941 when he went on active duty with the Navy. Briggs was also a member of the Amberjack II crew that accompanied the President and James Roosevelt on the New England cruise in June, 1933 (an original photograph of FDR, James Roosevelt and a third person who perhaps is Mr. Briggs, and signed by FDR is also part of this FDR Collection).  The New York Times for June 19, 1933 describes Briggs as one of James Roosevelt's friends.  Briggs's  active duty assignment in the Navy in 1941 would place him at about the same age as James, so FDR probably got to know him first on the Amberjack trip and then remained in contact with him thereafter. FDR also issued an Executive Order, November 16, 1939, appointing George K. Briggs without regard to Civil Service rules. A wonderful and personal letter mentioning a personal invitation by FDR to Mr. Briggs visit him in Washington, and an interesting reference to FDR's beloved Navy. This item is accompanied by the original envelope from The White House to Mr. Briggs, postmarked Washington, D.C., December 16, 1936.



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