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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Two Typed Letters Signed "F D Roosevelt" as Assistant Secretary of the Navy Regarding the "Eyes for the Navy" Program.
    -April 5, 1918; and April 9, 1918. Washington, D.C. Two one-page letters, 8" x 10.5". Assistant Secretary of the Navy letterhead.
    -To: Hiram W. Smith, Glenwood Springs, Colorado; and to Leonard Colerick, Irwin, Pennsylvania.
    -Both with the usual folds and a few light creases, a couple of light smudges, light toning, and some splits along the folds of the April 5 letter, else very good.

    During World War I, FDR coordinated a campaign called "Eyes For the Navy," a request by the Navy to the public for donations of binoculars for the war effort. These two letters (with identical text) were sent to two civilians who had sent donations. The letters read, "Dear Sir, Your prompt and patriotic response to the Navy's call for binoculars, telescopes, and spy-glasses, is most appreciated. The glasses will be very useful in the prosecution of Naval Operations until victory is won. At the termination of war, if possible, every effort will be made to return them to you, when it is hoped that you will feel compensated for any evidence of wear, by the knowledge that you have supplied 'Eyes for the Navy' during a very trying period. On behalf of the Navy, I wish to thank you most heartily." The letters are signed "F. D. Roosevelt."

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