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    "...Mr. Roosevelt's illness turned out to be an attack of infantile paralysis..."

    Louis Howe: Typed Letter Signed "Louis McH Howe" Regarding FDR's Battle with Polio.
    -September 20, 1921. New York, NY. One page. 8" x 10", matted and framed to 11.25" x 13.5". Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland letterhead.
    -To: Clayton L. Wheeler, Office of United States Marshal, Utica, NY.

    This rare letter written by FDR's trusted aide and confidante Louis McHenry Howe includes extraordinary historical content related to the early stages of Roosevelt's battle with poliomyelitis. FDR was undergoing his first medical examinations for the disease at Presbyterian Hospital in New York when Howe, working "damage control," typed this letter to U.S. Marshal and former New York State Senator Clayton L. Wheeler. Howe writes (in full): "Dear Mr. Wheeler: As you have probably seen in the papers Mr. Roosevelt's illness turned out to be an attack of infantile paralysis which fortunately is very mild and from which the doctors assure him he will suffer no permanent effects. He will, however, have to be kept exceedingly quiet for some time, and for the present we are allowed to read him such letters as come in. He is not permitted to personally answer any. / He wants me to tell you however how sorry he is to learn of the death of your brother, and to send the sympathy of Mrs. Roosevelt and himself. Of course it goes without saying that mine are to be added. / Very sincerely yours...".


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