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    "I have been under very heavy expenses of late in trying to get rid of my crutches."

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed Regarding a Goucher College Endowment.
    -December 2, 1925. Hyde Park, New York. One page. 8.25" x 10.25", personal letterhead.
    -To: Miss Dorinda R. Bakenhus of Goucher College, Baltimore.
    -Fine condition, mounted to board, lightly toned.

    FDR writes: " My dear Miss Bakenhus:/ I am very glad you wrote me and I know of course of Goucher College and the splendid work which is being carried on there. I hear of it often as I am a Trustee of Vassar College and we have the highest regard for our sister institution./ I wish very much that I, personally, could help in some way, in the campaign for the endowment, but I fear it is impossible as (the "s" is corrected in FDR's own hand) I have been under very heavy expenses of late in trying to get rid of my crutches. I shall, however, be very glad to speak of the needs of Goucher to several of my friends when I get back to New York in about 2 weeks./ Please give my very warm regards to your father when you next see him./ Very sincerely yours..." Miss Bakenhus was the daughter of a Navy admiral FDR served with while Assistant Secretary of the Navy. An important and rare letter because of the mention of his crutches and his hopes of getting rid of them.

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