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    Franklin D. Roosevelt Autograph Letter Signed "F.D.R." on Hyde Park-On-Hudson letterhead. Two pages, 5.5" x 9", Poughkeepsie, New York, n.d. To "Doc" (D. Basil O'Connor), New York. FDR writes to his friend and law partner: "Dear Doc-/ I think Louis is right about the importance of this - will you write me as soon as you've seen B.? Also please read enclosed proposed letter to Knight. Julius Henry Cohen drew it. What do you think of the advisability of sending it?/ Yes/ FDR."

    In a letter extant to Senator Knight and dated July 19, 1929, Governor Roosevelt invites the senator to join him for an inspection trip of the St. Lawrence and during the inspection tour to discuss important issues. It is possible that this July 19, 1929, letter is the one to which FDR refers in this letter to Doc O'Connor. It's not a stretch to assume that this letter was tied to FDR's desire to open the Midwestern United States to the Atlantic Ocean and harness hydro power from the St. Lawrence River. This move was opposed by the Republican Party and it is likely that FDR was trying to sway Republican Senator Knight, one of his staunchest foes, to see things his way. Slightly toned at the edges, with the usual fold creases, else fine.


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