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    FDR: "Outside of Warm Springs I never take baths...!"

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed "F.D.R." as New York Governor.
    -October 27, 1931. Albany, New York. One page. 8" x 10.5" Executive Mansion letterhead.
    -To: Arthur Carpenter, Esq., Warm Spring, Georgia.
    -Mailing folds, file holes at top, docketed with penciled initials by Carpenter over staple hole, else near fine.

    FDR writes a humorous letter to his manager at Warm Springs, in full, "Dear Carp:-/ Outside of Warm Springs I never take baths so it would be useless to send apparatus to Albany! Thank him and tell him how much I appreciate his kind thought./ Always sincerely,/ FDR." Apparently, an unnamed party had volunteered to supply a device to assist Roosevelt while bathing. Carpenter was the manager of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, a health resort, from its inception through the mid-1930s.


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    Franklin D. Roosevelt. Typed Letter Signed. One page 4to, State of New York, Executive Chamber letterhead, October 27, 1931, to Arthur Carpenter, his manager at Warm Springs, Georgia, with humorous content. FDR writes: "Dear Carp:–/ Outside of Warm Springs I never take baths so it would be useless to send apparatus to Albany! Thank him and tell him how much I appreciate his kind thought./ Always sincerely,/ FDR." In the summer of 1921, FDR contracted poliomyelitis, developing the first symptoms after a vigorous day with his family and swim at his Campobello Island, Canada summer home. In 1924, FDR began spending several months each year in Warm Springs, Georgia. Many polio victims had been helped by swimming in the pool of warm mineral water there, and swimming gave him a chance to exercise his legs. "The water put me where I am, and the water has to bring me back," FDR said. At the Georgia warm springs, FDR met patients who could barely afford the cost of polio treatment. In 1926, he bought the springs, pools, hotel, cottages and the surrounding 1200 acres of land for about $200,000. The next year, with a group of friends, he established the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, which provided low-cost treatment for polio patients. George Foster Peabody (1852-1938) was a New York banker and philanthropist who acquired, in 1923, the property at Warm Springs, Georgia, near his boyhood home. FDR later purchased and developed this site as the home for the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, a health resort, and at the time one of the premier centers for the treatment of infantile paralysis/polio. It was at Peabody's suggestion that FDR first visited the springs in 1924, FDR himself searching for a remedy to allow him to walk again after his August, 1921 attack of the virus. Arthur E. Carpenter was the manager of the Foundation from its start to the mid-1930s. A fabulous letter with humorous content concerning FDR taking baths and an unnamed gentleman who obviously wanted to give FDR a device to assist him with bathing in which FDR politely declines through the auspices of his Warm Springs, Georgia manager, Arthur Carpenter.



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