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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as New York Governor.
    -January 14, 1931. Albany, New York. One page. 8" x 10.5". State of New York letterhead. Includes transmittal envelope.
    -To: H. S. Wellman of Brattleboro, Vermont.
    -Original folds, two-hole punched along left edge, else fine.

    FDR writes (in part): "I appreciate your very nice letter and I am very glad that your boy will come back to Warm Springs in the spring. I shall hope to see him there when I go down after the Legislature adjourns. The Patients' Aid Fund is, I am sorry to say, still very small though we hope, of course, to build it up each year gradually. It is our thought that it should be made, insofar as possible, into a revolving fund, and I am writing to Mr. D. Basil O'Connor, the Treasurer of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, asking if it would be possible for the Foundation to put your boy on the Patients' Aid Fund this spring, with the thought that it would be what might be called a moral loan and that the Patients' Aid Fund will later on be reimbursed by you for the amount advanced. The usual amount advanced from the Patients' Aid Fund is $17.00 a week, leaving the amount to be paid by the family $25.00 a week. This method if we can carry it out means that when the amount advanced is repaid, another patient can be taken on."


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    A wonderful letter from FDR to H. S. Wellman, Esq., of Brattleboro, Vermont, dated January 14, 1931, with original transmittal envelope, on State of New York, Executive Chamber, Albany letterhead. FDR writes: "Dear Mr. Wellman:–/ I appreciate your very nice letter and I am very glad that your boy will come back to Warm Springs in the spring. I shall hope to see him there when I go down after the Legislature adjourns./ The Patients' Aid Fund is, I am Sorry to say, still very small though we hope, of course, to build it up each year gradually. It is our thought that it should be made, insofar as possible, into a revolving fund, and I am writing to Mr. D. Basil O'Connor, the Treasurer of the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, asking if it would be possible for the Foundation to put your boy on the Patients' Aid Fund this spring, with the thought that it would be what might be called a moral loan and that the Patients' Aid Fund will later on be reimbursed by you for the amount advanced. The usual amount advanced from the Patients' Aid Fund is $17.00 a week, leaving the amount to be paid by the family $25.00 a week./ This method if we can carry it out means that when the amount advanced is repaid, another patient can be taken on./ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt." This letter obviously refers to FDR's interest in a child from Brattleboro, Vermont who would be a candidate for rehabilitative therapy through the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation. The child obviously has finite financial means, and FDR is both replying to Mr. Wellman and querying Doc O'Connor whether the boy could receive financial assistance from the Patients' Aid Fund offered at Warm Springs. A particularly interesting commentary by FDR, showing his continued direct interest and personal involvement in the lives of young victims of poliomyelitis, referencing his continued efforts at providing financial assistance to the less fortunate through his Patients' Aid Fund, and the granting to Mr. Wellman of a "moral loan" so that Mr. Wellman's son can receive rehabilitative therapy at Warm Springs as soon as possible. A very special letter from FDR while Governor of New York to the father of an afflicted child.



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