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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: Stephen Early, White House press secretary.
    -Paper clip stain at top, else fine.

    The text of a telegram to Press Secretary Early, 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 Stephen Early Please call up Senators Barkley Shepard [sic] and Walsh and tell them Quote - (Add marked passage) Paragraph I shall be glad to confer with the Military and Naval affairs chairmen as soon as I get back Unquote Inform Secretaries and Assistant Secretaries of War and Navy of above message to the Senators and also let May and Kinson know Period All well and proceeding on schedule. Roosevelt" Early and Roosevelt met at the 1912 Democratic National Convention and maintained their friendship throughout the following years. When elected president in 1932, FDR asked Early to be his press secretary, a post in which he served until Roosevelt's death in 1945. He is considered to be the first "modern" press secretary. The senators mentioned in the note were Alben W. Barkley (Democrat, Kentucky), Morris Sheppard (Democrat, Texas), and David I. Walsh (Democrat, Massachusetts).

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