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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as Vice President of Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland.
    -December 14, 1923. New York, New York. One page. 7.25" x 9". Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland letterhead.
    -To: Colonel Edgar A. Hamilton of Baltimore, Maryland.
    -Paper slightly toned with the usual fold creases, else near fine with a bold, bright signature.

    FDR corresponds with friend and business associate Colonel E. A. Hamilton. He writes in part: "I am so glad you are coming on at Christmas time. I sincerely hope you and your wife will dine with us some evening. Also, if you can, lunch with me at the office, as I want to talk over various business matters with you...". With holograph additions by FDR.


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    A typed letter Signed, 1 page 4to, Franklin D. Roosevelt/ Vice President/ Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland letterhead, December 14, 1923, to Colonel E. A. Hamilton of Baltimore, Maryland, including three words in FDR's own hand: "Dear Colonel Hamilton:/ I am so glad you are coming on at Christmas time. I sincerely hope you and your wife will dine with us some evening. Also, if you can, [comma inserted by FDR] lunch with me at the office, as I want to talk over various business matters with you. I am here at the office [‘at the office' written in FDR's own hand] three or four days every week./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." Very interesting letter related to FDR's business dealings during his initial period of recovery from Infantile Paralysis and his work with the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, including corrections made in FDR's own hand. FDR became vice president of Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland, a surety bonding company, in 1921. At Fidelity, he was in charge of the New York office of one of the most important companies handling bonds for public officials. His wide circle of contacts continued to expand. However, in August 1921, after an unfortunate delay, he was diagnosed with poliomyelitis. Completely unable to walk and in great pain, FDR seemed to have reached the end of his political career. His forceful mother wanted him to return to Hyde Park for a peaceful and quite life. Under the care of his wife Eleanor and his friend and campaign manager, Louis McHenry Howe, FDR fought back. Although never able to walk again without leg braces and canes, he became president of the American Construction Council in 1924, while Howe remained close, planning for his return to public life. FDR made an inspiring nominating speech for Governor Alfred E. Smith at the 1924 Democratic National Convention in Madison Square Garden, his famous "Happy Warrior" nominating speech. According to some 1922-1923 correspondence located in Franklin D. Roosevelt: Family, Business and Personal Papers: Subject File: Fidelity & Deposit Co. of MD: Correspondence "E-H" (Box 15), at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York, Colonel Edgar A. Hamilton was the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors and Executive Head of the Company for Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland.  His office was located in Baltimore.



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