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    Nov. 1939, "...I am not working particularly hard but... anything in world affairs may happen in the middle of the night and I cannot be far away..."

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed "F.D.R." as President.
    -November 1, 1939. Washington, D.C. One page. 7" x 9". White House letterhead.
    -To: Mr. John Boettiger, Seattle, Washington.
    -Fold, else very fine.

    FDR writes, "I haven't had a chance to thank you for your letter before this and I think I fully appreciate the very difficult circumstances, not only of your own particular case, but of a good many others like it in other parts of the country. The particular process of the NLRB is one of evolution and things are slowly but surely getting on to a more equitable and just basis. In other words, here is a case of a law which is essentially sound in its main policies but which has fallen down in many cases very badly because of the method of administering it./ It is grand to know that you will all be here for Christmas. Meanwhile, I doubt if I get much holiday, though I may get to Warm Springs for a few days over Thanksgiving. I am not working particularly hard but this is one of the situations where anything in world affairs may happen in the middle of the night and I cannot be far away." John Boettiger was FDR's son-in-law by way of his marriage to Anna Roosevelt.


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    Franklin D. Roosevelt. Typed Letter Signed. One page, very historic and personal content, The White House, Washington, November 1, 1939, two months to the day after the beginning of World War II in which FDR discusses the National Labor Relations Board and his work as President in context of the international conflict! FDR writes to his son-in-law John Boettiger: "Dear John:/ I haven't had a chance to thank you for your letter before this and I think I fully appreciate the very difficult circumstances, not only of your own particular case, but of a good many others like it in other parts of the country. The particular process of the NLRB is one of evolution and things are slowly but surely getting on to a more equitable and just basis. In other words, here is a case of a law which is essentially sound in its main policies but which has fallen down in many cases very badly because of the method of administering it./ It is grand to know that you will all be here for Christmas. Meanwhile, I doubt if I get much holiday, though I may get to Warm Springs for a few days over Thanksgiving. I am not working particularly hard but this is one of the situations where anything in world affairs may happen in the middle of the night and I cannot be far away./ Much love./ As ever yours,/ FDR." What a fabulous letter, personal in tone to a member of his family, discussing his work and need to get away, issues concerning the NLRB and its administration, and of course "world affairs" in context of the beginning of World War II! John Boettiger, born March 25, 1900, married Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, the eldest child of FDR and ER, in 1936. Together they worked on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer until 1943 when Boettiger went into the military and Anna returned to The White House as FDR's confidential assistant. After the war Anna and Boettiger attempted to run a newspaper in Arizona. The effort failed, and the couple separated in 1947 after more than ten years of marriage and one child. They were divorced in 1949, and Boettiger later committed suicide.



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