Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President.
    -November 25, 1939. Warm Springs, Georgia. One page. 7" x 9". White House letterhead.
    -To: Honorable Harvey Couch, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
    -One fold, else very fine.

    FDR thanks Mr. Couch for receiving "...the Scrap Book of Arkansas Literature." No doubt this proved a good escapist read for a president fretting over Hitler's next move.

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    Letter signed November 25, 1939 on The White House Washington stationery while FDR was at Warm Springs, Georgia for his annual Thanksgiving holiday, to FDR's associate Harvey Couch. FDR writes: "My dear Harvey:/ I am delighted to have the copy of the Scrap Book of Arkansas Literature. Many thanks for your kind thought in sending it to me./ My best wishes to you./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." Harvey Couch was an instrumental man during the Roosevelt presidency. The work of Harvey Couch and the RFC public works division in 1932-1933 constituted an important forerunner of the New Deal, particularly for the New Deal's creation of the Public Works Administration. Couch's work with the RFC had directly prepared the way for the new agency. During FDR's famous One Hundred Days  Congress created the Public Works Administration as a direct extension of the RFC's public works division. As of June 16, 1933, the power of Harvey Couch and the RFC to make loans for public works construction was transferred to Harold L. Ickes and the new PWA. The PWA could make both loans and grants, and its freedom and flexibility were far greater than Couch had possessed under the Hoover Administration. Couch was pleased with the new agency, and throughout 1933 and 1934 he assisted Ickes in administering the program. He transferred all of his own records to the Public Works Administration and even allowed some of his assistants in the public works division of the RFC to move over to the new agency. A large measure of credit for the success of the Public Works Administration during the depression must be given to Harvey Couch. A wonderful letter from FDR to Harvey Couch who at this time was employed by the Arkansas Power and Light Company, thanking Couch for his gift.

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