DescriptionFranklin D. Roosevelt Typed Letter Signed "Franklin D. Roosevelt". One page on Navy Department letterhead, 8" x 10.5", June 7, 1917. A letter to the Secretary of the Treasury [William G. McAdoo]:
"I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter enclosing a copy of a letter from Mr. Wrightsman, in regard to alleged inefficiency of aircraft. I wish to assure you that the situation is not quite in accordance with Mr. Wrightsman's letter, and that every care is being taken in the construction and operation of Naval aircraft."
Roosevelt served as Woodrow Wilson's Assistant Secretary of the Navy beginning in 1913. When the First World War broke out in 1914, Roosevelt attempted to prepare the Navy, even though America had not yet entered the war. When the U.S. did enter the War in April 1917, Roosevelt made it a priority to halt the threat of German U-boats. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.
Condition: Lightly toned, usual mail folds, stamped docket on verso reads: "Office of Private Secretary to Secretary of the Treasury / 1917 JUN 8 AM 11:47."
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