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    Franklin D. Roosevelt: Typed Letter Signed "FDR" as New York Governor.
    -March 19, 1930. Albany, New York. One page. 8" x 10.5". Executive Mansion letterhead.
    -To: Arthur Carpenter of Warm Springs, Georgia.
    -Original folds, six hole punches at top, pencil annotation covered over, slight creases and toning, else very good.

    In this brief letter to Arthur Carpenter, his manager at Warm Springs, Georgia, FDR writes (in part): "What is this I hear from George Foster Peabody about the steel tower having been erected at Warm Springs? Where is it and who did it and who pays for it?" Signed, "FDR".


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    Franklin D. Roosevelt. Typed Letter Signed. One page 4to, Executive Mansion Albany letterhead, March 19, 1930, to Arthur Carpenter, his manager at Warm Springs, Georgia, with interesting content. FDR writes: "Dear Carp:–/ What is this I hear from George Foster Peabody about the steel tower having been erected at Warm Springs? Where is it and who did it and who pays for it?/ Always sincerely,/ FDR." In the summer of 1921, FDR contracted poliomyelitis, developing the first symptoms after a vigorous day with his family and swim at his Campobello Island, Canada summer home. In 1924, FDR began spending several months each year in Warm Springs, Georgia. Many polio victims had been helped by swimming in the pool of warm mineral water there, and swimming gave him a chance to exercise his legs. "The water put me where I am, and the water has to bring me back," FDR said. At the Georgia warm springs, FDR met patients who could barely afford the cost of polio treatment. In 1926, he bought the springs, pools, hotel, cottages and the surrounding 1200 acres of land for about $200,000. The next year, with a group of friends, he established the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, which provided low-cost treatment for polio patients. George Foster Peabody (1852-1938) was a New York banker and philanthropist who acquired, in 1923, the property at Warm Springs, Georgia, near his boyhood home. FDR later purchased and developed this site as the home for the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, a health resort, and at the time one of the premier centers for the treatment of infantile paralysis/polio. It was at Peabody's suggestion that FDR first visited the springs in 1924, FDR himself searching for a remedy to allow him to walk again after his August, 1921 attack of the virus. Arthur E. Carpenter was the manager of the Foundation from its start to the mid-1930s. A terrific letter with interesting content concerning the erection of a steel tower at Warm Springs for which FDR has many questions of his Warm Springs, Georgia manager, Arthur Carpenter.



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