FIRST LADY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/30/1943 - HFSID 15497
Sale Price $315.00
Eleanor Roosevelt sends a typed letter of thanks for the house warming items.
Typed Letter Signed: "Eleanor Roosevelt" as First Lady, 1p, 6x9¼. The White House, Washington, 1943 December 30. To Louise Hopkins, wife of FDR's Special Assistant Harry Hopkins. In full: "I love the blue sheets and shall feel very gay and modern when I use them, and I shall get great comfort out of the paper towels and napkins. I have stored them away in my cottage to be used when I open it again. Many, many thanks, and I hope you and Harry and Diana [their daughter] had as wonderful Christmas in your own house. It must have been great fun." Val-kill Cottage was built in 1925 for Eleanor Roosevelt by her husband as a retreat on his Hyde Park property. She used it sparingly until 1945 and then moved into the stone cottage after the President died. 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. On November 7, 1962, 78-year-old Eleanor Roosevelt died at her New York apartment. She was buried next to her husband in Hyde Park four days later. Lightly creased. Tack head-size stain at lower blank edge. Overall, fine condition.
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