DescriptionFranklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed "F.D. Roosevelt" as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
-June 10, 1919. Washington, D.C. One page, 8" x 10.5". Navy Department letterhead.
-To: Nicholas Murphy, Sommerville [sic], Massachusetts.
-Usual folds with short splits along the outer edges, an approximate 0.25" x 0.5" chip at left side of page, else near fine.
In response to a civilian who had written requesting his son's release from active service, FDR writes, "My dear Mr. Murphy: I have received your letter of May 22nd. 1919 regarding the desired release from active service of your son, Ralph Augustine James Murphy(1143446) Seaman second class, U.S.N.R.F., now serving on board the U.S.S. Manchuria, in order that he might continue his education. I appreciate the circumstances connected with the case of your son and trust that it will be found practicable to release him in the very near future. However, since he is a member of the Naval Reserve force his Commanding Officer would have full authority to act in this case and there is no action the Department would be required to take or could with propriety take looking to the release of your son. I have, however, given instructions to the Bureau of Navigation that this case be taken up with the Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. Manchuria to ascertain just what action is practicable on the release of your son and when report is received you will be promptly advised. Very sincerely yours, F.D. Roosevelt, Assistant Secretary of the Navy." Included in this lot is a C.O.A.
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