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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President.
    -May 2, 1934. Washington, DC. One page. 7" x 9". White House letterhead.
    -To: Frederic Kernochan of New York City.
    -Original fold, minor creases and wear, pencil annotations, else fine.

    In this brief letter to Fred Kernochan, Chief Justice of the New York Court of Special Sessions, FDR writes (in part): "Thanks for your nice letter. I am writing Dr. Maltz suggesting that he have a talk with Dr. Hoke at Warm Springs. That was a grand trip and I am reaping the benefits from it now." The "grand trip" mentioned by FDR was a ten-day Presidential fishing excursion about the Astor family's yacht Nourmahal, which sailed from Miami on March 28, 1934, and then cruised off the Bahama Islands. Some pencil annotations (in another hand) are included in the bottom margin and on the verso.

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    Letter signed May 2, 1934 on The White House Washington stationery, one page (conjoining leaves), to the Honorable Frederic Kernochan of New York City. FDR writes: "Dear Fred:/ Thanks for your nice letter. I am writing Dr. Maltz suggesting that he have a talk with Dr. Hoke at Warm Springs./ That was a grand trip and I am reaping the benefits from it now./ Always sincerely,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." In another hand in pencil at the bottom of the letter is written: "Dr. Maltz/ Dr. Hoke–probably in relation to ‘Boy Scouts.'/ ‘That was a grand trip' refers to the recent fishing trip on Astor's yacht Nourmahal." Frederic Kernochan was a Jurist, Chief Justice of the New York Court of Special Sessions, a Pioneer Scouter, and Urban League Executive. The Presidential voyage on the Nourmahal commenced on March 28, 1934 from Miami, where FDR and his companions enjoyed a ten-day fishing cruise off the Bahama Islands–the same area in which FDR had cruised immediately preceding the attempt upon his life a year before, and whose Western Union Telegram from President Herbert Hoover relating to this near death experience for FDR is also part of this FDR Collection. Interestingly, on this very excursion on the Nourmahal FDR became the first Commander in Chief to hold divine worship service for the United States Navy. On Easter Sunday, April 1, 1934, the President in absence of a chaplain stood on the quarter deck of the Nourmahal and read the service from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.  The officers and men of the U.S.S. Ellis were present.  The flag of the President flew from the yacht. The demagogue United States Senator from Louisiana, Huey P. Long, denounced FDR during this period on a tender point. Long called FDR "Prince Franklin, Knight of the Nourmahal, enjoying himself on that $5,000,000 yacht with Vincent Astor and Royalty while the farmers starve." A wonderful and personal letter from FDR to Justice Kernochan, mentioning Warm Springs and referring to his trip aboard Vincent Astor's Nourmahal.

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