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FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/18/1940 - HFSID 280291

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT Signed, typed 1940 letter, discussing her uncle, the US ambassador to Ireland, on White House stationery Typed Letter signed: "Eleanor Roosevelt" as First Lady, 1 page, 6x9¼. On White House stationery to "Dear Ruth" [Mrs.

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ELEANOR ROOSEVELT
Signed, typed 1940 letter, discussing her uncle, the US ambassador to Ireland, on White House stationery
Typed Letter signed: "Eleanor Roosevelt" as First Lady, 1 page, 6x9¼. On White House stationery to "Dear Ruth" [Mrs. Donald Payson George], in full: "Maude is with David in Ireland and I hear from her fairly often. They both are well and David seems to be fully recovered from his accident. Maude's letters are cheerful and they both seem resigned to whatever may happen to them. From all reports, David seems to be doing a good job. You are kind to offer your help when I go to Waterville, but all the arrangements have been made. With many thanks I am, Affectionately". Fold creases through signature. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by White House envelope (6½x3¾) with typed address to Thomaston, Maine, postmarked Poughkeepsie, N.Y., October 21, 1940. 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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