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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President with Holographic Correction.
    -November 9, 1940. Washington, D.C. One page. 7" x 9". White House letterhead with original transmittal envelope.
    -To: Honorable Roland S. Morris, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
    -Central fold, secondary creasing, else very good.

    FDR writes "I want to thank you for your thoughtfulness in sending me that message of felicitations. Your assurance of cooperation in achieving national unity is deeply appreciated." The name typed in letter's greeting - Mr. Morris - has been crossed out and replaced by "Roland" in Roosevelt's hand. Roland Morris (1874 - 1945) had been Ambassador to Japan under Woodrow Wilson from 1917 until 1921.


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    Franklin D. Roosevelt, one page, quarto, The White House Washington letterhead, November 9, 1940, after FDR's historic third election as President of the United States four days earlier, to a former Ambassador to the Empire of Japan, the Honorable Roland S. Morris, Esq., of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with original transmittal envelope. FDR writes: "My dear Mr. Morris [FDR crosses out "Mr. Morris" and writes "Roland" in his own hand over the crossed out type]: –/ I want to thank you for your thoughtfulness in sending me that message of felicitations. Your assurance of cooperation in achieving national unity is deeply appreciated./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." An excellent topic of national unity after FDR's historic election as President of the United States for the third time. Roland S. (Sleator) Morris was a leader of the Democratic Party in Pennsylvania and was the ambassador to Japan from 1917-1921. Morris was born in Olympia, Washington on March 11, 1874 to Thomas Burnside Morris and Sarah Arndt Sleator. Morris attended the Lawrenceville School before entering Princeton University in September 1892. He graduated in June 1896, and went to the University of Pennsylvania Law School from 1896-1899, graduating cum laude. After receiving his law degree, Morris practiced law in Philadelphia at the firm of Duane, Morris and Heckscher. Morris was also politically active; he was the Chairman of the Democratic State Finance Committee in 1908 and from 1913-1916; additionally, he was a delegate or delegate at large to the Democratic National Convention in 1904, 1908, 1912, 1920, and 1928. President Woodrow Wilson appointed him as Ambassador to Japan from 1917-1921, and sent him on a special mission to Siberia from 1918-1919. Morris was a professor of international law at the University of Pennsylvania beginning in 1924, the Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, President of the American Philosophical Society, a trustee of both Princeton University and Temple University, and a Regent of the Smithsonian Institute. Morris married Augusta Shippen West in Philadelphia on April 20, 1903 and they had two children, Sarah Arndt Morris and Edward Shippen Morris. He died in Philadelphia on November 23, 1945. A terrific letter from FDR to Roland S. Morris, a former Ambassador to the country the United States would be at war with a year later.



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