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    Franklin D. Roosevelt Typed Letter Signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt". One page on White House letterhead, 6.75" x 8.5" (sight), matted and framed with photograph of Roosevelt to an overall size of 19" x 13.75". Letter dated October 8, 1938, addressed to The Honorable D. Lawrence Groner, Chief Justice, U.S. Court of Appeals. In full:

    "Dear Mr. Chief Justice: It is a source of great satisfaction to learn in your letter of October fourth that you approve of what I did in the international crisis. I want you to know that I deeply appreciate your generous words in which you express approval. Please accept my hearty thanks. Very sincerely yours, Franklin D. Roosevelt".

    The threat of the Third Reich and another impending war in Europe weighed heavily upon the American people, many of whom believed that the U.S.'s involvement in the Great War had been a mistake. Leading up to 1939, Congress had attempted to guarantee American neutrality by passing several Acts that prohibited any involvement in international disputes. However, seeing Hitler's conquests and seizures of land in Europe, specifically targeting the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia, the world powers sought to intervene. On September 26 and 27, 1938, Roosevelt telegraphed Hitler, urging him to meet and negotiate with Czechoslovakia, as well as Britain and France, in order to seek a peaceful outcome. On September 30, the Munich Agreement was signed by Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy, which conceded the Sudetenland to Germany with the understanding that no further German territorial claims would be made. The deal was approved by FDR, and it appeared that war had been narrowly avoided. Six months later, Hitler's troops would invade Czechoslovakia and turn his eyes to Poland.

    Condition: Slight fading on bottom right corner of photograph, else fine.


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