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    Eleanor Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed.
    -October 21, 1946. New York. One page. 6" x 7". On Eleanor's personal letterhead.
    -To: Mrs. Mary Roe Ziegler of New Windsor-on-Hudson, New York. With the original transmittal envelope.
    -Fine.

    Eleanor responds to Mrs. Ziegler on an unknown matter and adds: "Mrs. Sherwood asked if you and she could come to Hyde Park to see me and I am sorry but my time is so completely taken up by the United Nations, I cannot be sure of when I will be in Hyde Park." President Truman had only just appointed Mrs. Roosevelt as a delegate to the United Nations. In this capacity Eleanor would help draft the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


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    A wonderful and historic letter signed by Eleanor Roosevelt, October 21, 1946, with original free-franked transmittal envelope, to Mrs. Mary Roe Zeigler of New Windsor-on-Hudson, New York, in which ER declines to make any commitments because of her time being "so completely taken up" by her untiring work on behalf of the new United Nations, one of the legacies of FDR's vision for a post-World War II world. ER writes: "My dear Mrs. Zeigler:/ It seems to me you have done all you can. You must just wait, I fear./ Mrs. Sherwood asked if you and she could come to Hyde Park and I am sorry but my time is so completely taken up by the United Nations, I cannot be sure when I will be in Hyde Park./ Very sincerely yours./ Eleanor Roosevelt." After President Roosevelt's death on April 12, 1945, ER continued public life. She was appointed by President Truman to the United States Delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, a position she held until 1953. She was chairman of the Human Rights Commission during the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted by the General Assembly on December 10, 1948. In 1953, when President Harry Truman's Presidency came to an end, ER resigned from the United States Delegation to the United Nations and volunteered her services to the American Association for the United Nations. She was an American representative to the World Federation of the United Nations Associations, and later became the chairman of the Associations' Board of Directors. She was reappointed to the United States Delegation to the United Nations by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy in 1961. JFK also appointed her as a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Peace Corps and chairman of the President's Commission on the Status of Women. Mrs. Roosevelt received many awards for her humanitarian efforts. A fabulous and historic letter, in which ER notes her devotion to her work on behalf of the United Nations.



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    June, 2008
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