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    "Couldn't afford it any way, even a job at cost!"

    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Autograph Letter Signed Regarding the Possible Sale of His Home.
    -No date [1925]. Marion, Massachusetts. One page. 7.25" x 10.5", Vice President Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland letterhead.
    -To: Pat.
    -Very good condition with a rusty paperclip imprint and mailing folds.

    A handwritten letter with interesting personal content. FDR writes, in full: "Dear Pat/ Two darn good reasons why I can't install oil in N.Y. house:/ 1. May sell house in next year or two and present furnaces O.K./ 2. Couldn't afford it any way, even a job at cost!/ We are safely here at Marion for the summer. - Do come down some day and see us./ Sincerely..." This letter almost certainly dates from the summer or early fall of 1925 while FDR was taking treatments in Marion with Dr. William McDonald, a friend of his uncle Fred Delano. McDonald was a neurologist who was experimenting with rehabilitation of polio-wasted muscles by a combination of swimming and exercise. FDR stayed there throughout the fall and, in early December, actually walked with on his own with only his left leg brace and crutches. His later rehab treatments took place in Warm Springs.

    It is a revelatory that FDR was considering the sale of his New York home, likely his 49 East 65th Street townhouse in New York City- a gift from his mother Sara. As it turns out, that home remained his New York City base until he sold it to Hunter College in 1941 (after the death of Sara). It could be that he was considering the sale in order to obtain funds to purchase land in Warm Springs in connection with his rehabilitation activities there. Another interesting reference is to his lack of ready funds at this time. A great and important insight into this period of his life.

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