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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Autograph Note Signed "Roosevelt" as President.
    -No date [possibly February 1939]. No place [aboard the U.S.S. Houston]. One page. 8" x 10.5". Lined paper. In pencil.
    -To: Secretary of State [Cordell Hull]
    -Small stains affecting one word of text, else fine.

    The text of a telegram to Secretary of State Hull, written on board the U.S.S. Houston entirely in Roosevelt's hand. At the top, FDR wrote "Restricted" meaning that the message was to be transmitted on a secure communications channel. In full, "For Secretary of State. I hope that Secretary Lascelles will return to Washington from Ottawa after I get back as some of the plans spoken of in press dispatches do not seem wise. This relates especially to visit to the battery in New York. Roosevelt" Cordell Hull was FDR's secretary of state for eleven years (1933-1944)- the longest period served by anyone in that position. He would go on to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 1945 for his key role in establishing the United Nations. The "Secretary Lascelles" mentioned was The Rt Hon. Sir Alan Frederick "Tommy" Lascelles who served in various positions during the 1930s, including secretary to the Governor Central of Canada and assistant private secretary to King George VI.


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