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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed "F.D.R." as President.
    -August 9, 1935. Washington, D.C. One page. 7" x 9". White House letterhead.
    -To: Mr. Basil O'Connor, Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, New York City.
    -Docketed by recipient with stamp, faint fold, very fine.

    FDR writes, "It is good to get yours of August seventh and to know that things are going well with the Foundation. I heard about all kinds of changes in a vague way from one of the former patients in Washington, but I am glad to know that everything has been worked out satisfactorily and the thin ice has been skated over. I am, of course, somewhat concerned about the financial future, because we are spending a tremendous lot of money for charity patients and also a good deal for overhead and though we can keep on going a year or two longer, I think there should be more definite planning ahead. In other words, I am applying to the Warm Springs Foundation the same planning that I am using on the budget of the National Government which, in spite of the opposition papers and some croakers within our own ranks, is working out towards a satisfactory solution within a rather definite period of time. In regard to next week, I am still a bit vague. If Congress does not appear to be adjourning before the twenty-fourth, I shall run up to Hype Park for F.D.'s twenty-first birthday. If Congress seems inclined to adjourn earlier, I shall stay here and in that event will telephone you earlier in the week." FDR continued to be involved with the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation while President of the United States. The recipient of this letter, Basil O'Connor, was FDR's law partner and co-founder of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation.


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    A terrific and very special content letter from FDR to his friend and law partner Basil [Doc] O'Connor, addressed to Doc in his capacity as head of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, dated August 9, 1935, on The White House Washington letterhead. The letter is docketed as received by the O'Connor & Farber law firm (the successor to Roosevelt & O'Connor) on August 10, 1935. FDR writes: "Dear Doc:/ It is good to get yours of August seventh and to know that things are going well with the Foundation. I heard about all kinds of changes in a vague way from one of the former patients in Washington, but I am glad to know that everything has been worked out satisfactorily and the thin ice has been skated over./ I am, of course, somewhat concerned about the financial future, because we are spending a tremendous lot of money for charity patients and also a good deal for overhead and though we can keep on going a year or two longer, I think there should be more definite planning ahead. In other words, I am applying to the Warm Springs Foundation the same planning that I am using on the budget of the National Government which, in spite of the opposition papers and some croakers within our own ranks, is working out towards a satisfactory solution within a rather definite period of time./ In regard to next week, I am still a bit vague. If Congress does not appear to be adjourning before the twenty-fourth, I shall run up to Hype Park for F.D.'s twenty-first birthday. If Congress seems inclined to adjourn earlier, I shall stay here and in that event will telephone you earlier in the week./ As ever yours,/ FDR." This letter makes interesting commentary on FDR's continuing and direct involvement with the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation while President of the United States, as well as his comparing budgetary planning of the Foundation to the federal budget, even referring to some members of his own Democratic Party in Congress as "croakers." References are also made to personal events happening with FDR's travel plans contingent upon Congressional action, and the twenty first birthday of his son and namesake, FDR, Jr. A particularly interesting commentary by FDR, showing his continued direct interest and personal involvement in the lives of young victims of poliomyelitis, and the continued financial viability of his Georgia Warm Springs Foundation.



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