FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/24/1941 - HFSID 280290
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT She signs a typed letter to a friend, referencing the US Ambassador to Ireland, on White House stationery in 1941. Typed Letter signed: "Eleanor Roosevelt" as First Lady, 1 page, 6x9¼, on White House stationery. Washington, D.C., 1941 July 24.
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She signs a typed letter to a friend, referencing the US Ambassador to Ireland, on White House stationery in 1941.
Typed Letter signed: "Eleanor Roosevelt" as First Lady, 1 page, 6x9¼, on White House stationery. Washington, D.C., 1941 July 24. On White House stationery to "My dear Ruth" [Mrs. Donald Payson George]. In full: "I have just had letters from David and from Maude [Gray]. They are having a hard time with food scarce and many people to entertain. They seem to keep well, however. I am concerned, too, for them, but there is so little one is not concerned about these days. Affectionately". Fold creases not near signature. Fine condition. Accompanied by White House envelope (6½x3½) with typed address of Mrs. Donald Payson George, Thomaston, Maine, postmarked July 25, 1941. Lightly worn at edges. Otherwise, fine condition. 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. She is buried next to her husband in Hyde Park, New York. Maude Gray, mentioned in this letter, was Eleanor Roosevelt's aunt, the wife of David Gray, FDR's ambassador to Ireland, 1940-1947, then the Irish Free State. Ireland was neutral, but suffered from food shortages affecting the entire British Isles consequent to the German U-boat blockade. Gray did not get along well with Irish leader Eamon deValera, who reportedly considered asking for his recall. Two items.
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