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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Autograph Letter Signed as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
    -April 15, 1914. Washington, D.C. Two pages. 7" x 9.25". On embossed Assistant Secretary of the Navy letterhead. With original transmittal envelope.
    -To: Mr. Edward Gottschalk, New York City.
    -Folds, toning, paper clip stain in upper left corner. Overall very good.

    Art dealer Edward Gottschalk opened the Old Print Shop in 1898 and numbered Roosevelt among his clients. FDR writes: "I am glad you got the prints and think you used excellent judgment - thank you - By the way you never sent me a bill for the various items I got last fall - please don't forget to do so. I saw Mr. Lehmann last night before your letter came - I think he leaves today for Niagara Falls, but if I see him I will give him your message. Everybody is delighted with his selection."


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    In FDR's own hand in its entirety, an autograph letter signed, two pages (facing pages), quarto leaf joined at the center vertical fold, on The Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Washington letterhead stationery, designed by FDR himself with a four-star printed admiralty flag at upper left, with original transmittal envelope also written in FDR's own hand, dated April 15, 1914, to art dealer Edward Gottschalk of New York City. FDR writes: "Dear Mr. Gottschalk:/ I am glad you got the prints and think you used excellent judgment – thank you –/ By the way you never sent me a bill for the various items I got last fall – please don't forget to do so./ I saw Mr. Lehmann last night befor your letter came – I think he leaves today for Niagara Falls, but if I see him I will give him your message. Everybody is delighted with his selection./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." FDR was a devoted collector of stamps, books and works of art, especially naval prints, and could rarely resist good items when they came to the auction block. Edward Gottschalk was the proprietor of celebrated The Old Print Shop in New York City, which he founded in 1898 between 9th and 10th Streets on Fourth Avenue, seventeen years before FDR wrote this letter to Gottschalk. The Old Print Shop did well in the early twentieth century, a situation that would change dramatically with the onset of the Great Depression in 1929. A very interesting and unique handwritten letter, demonstrating FDR's commitment to collecting art, and settling his bills in a timely manner.



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    June, 2008
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