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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Autograph Letter Signed "F.D.R." as Newly Sworn-In Governor of New York Regarding the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation.
    -Undated except for "Sunday" (presumably January 6, 1929 as letter was marked with a docketing stamp as received on Monday, January 7, 1929). Hyde Park, New York. One page, 8" x 11". Roosevelt & O'Connor Counselors at Law letterhead.
    -To: D. Basil "Doc" O'Connor, New York City.
    -Usual folds, toning along the edges, two tape repairs to verso along top edge, else fine.

    FDR writes in longhand: "Dear Doc: Enclosed is check from Van Lear Black for $4,500 for G.W.S. Foundation - This is first instalment [sic] of $18,000 to pay the interest [underlined] due by the Foundation this year. The balance will come quarterly. Please acknowledge to Mr. Ragan. Yrs, FDR." As a postscript below his signature, he adds: "I am getting a real rest over Sunday and go back to Albany at 4 p.m." Written at the end of FDR's first week as governor, this letter to his law partner is perhaps one of the last times he would use the law firm's letterhead. In this letter he attends to major financial transactions concerning his Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, the nonprofit corporation he founded in 1927 with himself as president, Doc O'Connor as treasurer and Louis McHenry Howe, FDR's friend and key political adviser, as trustee. On FDR's election as governor or New York, O'Connor assumed the presidency of the Warm Springs Foundation. This handwritten letter from FDR to his friend explains the large contribution to the foundation from his former boss Van Lear Black. A nice personal letter on somewhat outdated letterhead written by FDR in his first week as governor.


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