FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/17/1933 - HFSID 287112
Sale Price $315.00
Preparing to move into the White House (February 1933), she signs a letter to personal friend Mary Patten
Typed Letter signed: "Eleanor Roosevelt", 1 page, 6x7. New York, N.Y., 1933 February 17. To Mary E. Patten, Washington, D.C. In full: "Many, many thanks to you for the medals, and for your kind thought. I also appreciated your telegram. These, after all, are things which everyone in public life expects and must be taken calmly. I am looking forward to seeing you after we are settled in Washington. Affectionately yours". Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) had married her distant cousin, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1905 (her uncle, President Theodore Roosevelt, gave her away). She would serve as First Lady for 12 years and 39 days (March 4, 1933 until her husband's death of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, 1945), longer than any other woman. Eleanor, who had previously been First Lady of New York when FDR was Governor of the state (1929-1933), later became known as "First Lady of the World" for her humanitarian efforts, including getting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations. Appointed by President Truman, she had been a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations from 1945-1952. In 1914, Eleanor Roosevelt hired Lucy Mercer as her private secretary. Not long afterwards, Mercer and Franklin began having an affair.During World War I, Mrs. Roosevelt volunteered at a Red Cross canteen in Washington, where one of her co-workers was Mary Patten. According to Resa Willis, author of FDR & Lucy: Lovers and Friends (2004), Mary Patten and her sisters were notorious Washington gossips, giving rise to the expression, "Don't telegraph; don't telephone; tell-a-Patten." Toned and creased. One horizontal mailing crease through center. Top left corner lightly frayed. Notch at right center edge. Mounting residue at top edge on verso (showing through). Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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