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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed with Holographic Notation as New York Governor.
    -September 2, 1932. Albany, New York. One page. 8.5" x 11". Executive Mansion letterhead.
    -To: Chester M. Kerr, Jr., of Cleveland, Ohio.
    -Original folds, minor creases and wear, else fine.

    In this letter dated just two months before the 1932 Presidential election, FDR writes to a young supporter (in part): "I wish it were possible for me to comply with the request in your interesting letter of August 24th. As you doubtless follow current events closely you will appreciate the fact that the time element to me at present has to be considered. I wish it were possible for me to spend some time with you. I have a keen appreciation of the vital importance to the future welfare of the country of having the younger minds deal with the problems of our political and economic national life. I should be interested in getting your views and in outlying mine. If you are following my campaign addresses you have probably noted that I am attempting to discuss these various problems one at a time, and before the election you will be able to form very definite opinions on what I advocate and what the Democratic Party proposes to do. Please accept my sincere regrets as it is impossible for-me to see you as you request." FDR added the handwritten notation "Personal" above the salutation to Mr. Kerr.


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    A very interesting and historic letter on Executive Mansion/ Albany, New York letterhead to Chester M. Kerr, Jr., of Cleveland, Ohio on September 2, 1932, just a couple months before FDR's election as the Nation's Thirty-second President, regarding an important national issue involving the Great Depression and the extension of FDR's Brains Trust in national planning. FDR writes "Personal" in his own hand above the salutation: "My dear Mr. Kerr:/ I wish it were possible for me to comply with the request in your interesting letter of August 24th./ As you doubtless follow current events closely you will appreciate the fact that the time element to me at present has to be considered. I wish it were possible for me to spend some time with you. I have a keen appreciation of the vital importance to the future welfare of the country of having the younger minds deal with the problems of our political and economic national life. I should be interested in getting your views and in outlying mine. If you are following my campaign addresses you have probably noted that I am attempting to discuss these various problems one at a time, and before the election you will be able to form very definite opinions on what I advocate and what the Democratic Party proposes to do./ Please accept my sincere regrets as it is impossible for-me to see you as you request./ With all best wishes to your success in making your "Yale News" a constructive and useful part of the students' life at Yale, I am/ Sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." A very interesting and important "personal" acknowledgment by FDR in the days leading to his first election as President of the United States of the importance of national planning and the involvement of the "younger minds" of America in doing so.



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