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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President.
    -March 4, 1940. Washington, D.C. One page. 7" x 9". White House letterhead.
    -To: Honorable Clyde L. Seavey, Washington, D.C.
    -Numerous folds and soiling, good.

    FDR writes, "I was delighted to find your letter on my arrival at Pensacola. Will you be good enough to ask the California Nursery Company when they ship the trees, to send them to William Plog, care of Mrs. James Roosevelt, Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York. Meanwhile I will let Mr. Plog know just where to plant the trees. The larger trees I will put - half of them, near the new library, and the other five at the edge of our front lawn. The smaller trees, I think, I will try on the east end of our place near my new cottage. I am thrilled at the thought of having them." Clyde L. Seavey (1847-1943) became Chairman of the Federal Power Commission in 1939.


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    Interesting letter signed March 4, 1940 on The White House Washington stationery to the Chairman of the Federal Power Commission, the Honorable Clyde L. Seavey, with personal content, showing how interested and active FDR remained in his farming and landscaping duties at Springwood, his home in Hyde Park, New York, mentioning his new Library as well as personal dwelling at Hyde Park, Top Cottage, originally built for the President's retirement from public life. FDR writes: "Dear Clyde:/ I was delighted to find your letter on my arrival at Pensacola./ Will you be good enough to ask the California Nursery Company when they ship the trees, to send them to William Plog, care of Mrs. James Roosevelt, Hyde Park, Dutchess County, New York./ Meanwhile I will let Mr. Plog know just where to plant the trees. The larger trees I will put – half of them, near the new library, and the other five at the edge of our front lawn./ The smaller trees, I think, I will try on the east end of our place near my new cottage. I am thrilled at the thought of having them./ Always sincerely,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." Clyde L. Seavey (1847-1943), one of the truly great figures in the history of public utility regulation, a topic near and dear to FDR's own heart,  became Chairman of the Federal Power Commission during this term of appointment made by FDR, assuming the Chairman's role in 1939. FDR makes reference to William A. Plog (Plow) who had been in charge of the grounds and gardens at Springwood since November 3, 1897. An interesting, personal letter, highlighting FDR's own agricultural interests and commitment to the continuing agricultural and landscaping development of his home and Library in Hyde Park, New York, dated on the seventh anniversary of his inauguration as President of the United States, in the midst of an enveloping world war.



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