One of the last letters FDR wrote from the White House before his death.Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed as President.
-March 28, 1945. Washington, D.C. One page, 8" x 10.5 ". White House letterhead.
-To: Warren Lee Pierson, Washington, D.C.
-With the usual fold creases, else very good.
This letter may well be among some of the last that FDR sent from The White House before his death. FDR had journeyed to his home in Hyde Park, New York, March 25, 1945, returning to The White House briefly on March 28, 1945, then departing for Warm Springs, Georgia for what he hoped to be a restorative trip never dreaming it would be his last trip. FDR writes: "Dear Warren:/ I wish to acknowledge your letter of March twenty-eighth in which you tender your resignation as President of the Export-Import Bank of Washington and which I accept with much reluctance./ The Export-Import Bank has played a vital part in the conduct of our good neighbor policy with the South American countries, and under your capable guidance the Bank has loaned money wisely and has been of great service to our country./ May I extend to you my very best wishes for your success in your new responsibilities./ With kindest personal regards, I am/ Very sincerely yours,/ Franklin D. Roosevelt". FDR's small signature must surely reflect his declining physical condition, not being his usually robust and flowing signature. This is certainly an important letter clearing indicating the declining state of FDR's health.
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