FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT Roosevelt signed this typed letter about gardening and Hyde Park on letterhead from Emmet, Marvin & Roosevelt to Vogel in 1923. Vogel passed it on to "Phil" with an autograph note detailing his fight with "Monsieur Grippe" - the flu.

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Roosevelt signed this typed letter about gardening and Hyde Park on letterhead from Emmet, Marvin & Roosevelt to Vogel in 1923. Vogel passed it on to "Phil" with an autograph note detailing his fight with "Monsieur Grippe" - the flu. This letter was written during a low point in Roosevelt's life: three years after he had been defeated by the Warren G. Harding ticket for the United States vice-presidency and two years after he was stricken with paralysis. Encapsulated in plastic.
Typed letter signed "Franklin D Roosevelt" on page 1 and, on page 2, "Martin V.". 2 pages, 8¼x10¾, 1 sheet front and verso, on letterhead of Emmet, Marvin & Roosevelt, Counsellors at Law, New York City. Feb. 7, 1923. Addressed to Hon. Martin Vogel, New York City. Typed letter from Roosevelt in full: "Dear Martin: Some day I want to meet your friend, Mr. Philip Henry. He sounds like a most delightful person and it is certainly good of both you and him to have thought of me through the little old picture of Hyde Park in the delightful book. I thought I had seen all view of or from Hyde Park, but this one is wholly new to me. More than that the book itself I had never seen and I have been astonished in reading it to see how much they knew about gardening and farming back in 1859. Aside from a certain Victorian formality the advice is as good today as it was then! Always sincerely yours,". Autograph note by Vogel in full: "Dear Phil- This letter just received. Do not bother returning it to me. I am out of bed today after a six round (day) fight with 'Monsieur Grippe'. He had me rather groggy in the third and fourth rounds by a few body blows, but last evening I landed a knockout and his seconds threw up the sponge when the thermometer registered normal. I still fere [sic] the effects, but come [sic], champagne and little fresh air will soon bring me back fit & strong. Sorry to hear you have not been well - Try the second of the above remedies, champagne - You should be able to get it easily in Washington right near the Embassies. Hope to see you soon Yours Truly". This letter was written during a low point in Roosevelt's public and private life. It was written three years after the Democratic presidential ticket was defeated by President Warren Harding in 1920; Roosevelt was the vice-presidential candidate. This letter was also written less than two years after Roosevelt was stricken with paralysis from the waist down in 1921, either by poliomyelitis or, as some doctors now believe, by Guillain-Barré syndrome. Roosevelt didn't hold another national public office until he was elected governor of New York in 1929, and he relied on his wife Eleanor to keep his name alive in political circles, focusing instead on business activities. One of these was a partnership in the New York City law firm of Emmet, Marvin and Roosevelt; he had passed the New York bar in 1907. Roosevelt (1882-1945, born in Hyde Park, New York) is an American politician who served as president during two of the most difficult times in world history, the Great Depression and World War II. He also served as president for four terms (1933-1945), longer than any other president in history. Roosevelt's parents were from old New York families, and he was raised in privilege. Theodore, his fifth cousin, was elected president in 1902; his leadership style and lust for reform made him Franklin's hero and role model. Roosevelt was elected to the New York State Senate in 1910; he ran as a Democrat in a district that hadn't elected a Democrat since 1884, but ran on his privileged name and rode a Democratic landslide to the State Senate, where he joined reformers in opposing New York City's Tammany Hall Democratic machine. He resigned in 1913 when appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1913-1920), where he worked to expand the Navy and founded the Navy Reserve and where he met Winston Churchill for the first time in 1918. He ran as vice president with James M. Cox of Ohio, but they were handily defeated by Warren Harding. He contracted a paralytic illness in 1921 while vacationing in Campobello Island, New Brunswick, widely believed to be poliomyelitis, which permanently paralyzed him from the waist down. Not many people knew at the time that he was paralyzed, though, thanks in part to a cooperative press. He was elected Governor of New York (1928-1932), a governorship that was marred by his reluctant deal-making with the faltering Tammany Hall machine during his 1930 re-election run. He was elected president in 1932, three years into the worldwide Great Depression, a depression that contributed to the rise of Adolf Hitler. Roosevelt tried to get people back to work with the New Deal and prevent the same thing happening in the United States. The New Deal was a patchwork of programs that scholars now agree had limited success at best in ending the Depression, and some of its programs, like the National Recovery Administration (NRA), were determined to be unconstitutional. However, programs like the Civilian Conservation Corps employed hundreds of thousands of Americans and programs like NRA and the Tennessee Valley Authority injected billions of federal dollars into the economy. Roosevelt was also responsible for Social Security benefits for the elderly and minimum wage laws. He began re-arming the United States in 1938, in the face of strong isolationism, and declared that the United States would become an "arsenal of democracy" against Hitler. But the isolationism dissolved with the attacks on Pearl Harbor, and the United States entered World War II. Roosevelt's administration put the nation on a war footing while coordinating strategy with his counterparts Churchill and Josef Stalin, the so-called "Big Three". He died four months before V-J Day and the official end of World War II on Aug. 12, 1945. Encapsulated in plastic. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Light show-through from autograph note, which touches both signatures. Folded thrice horizontally and vertically. Otherwise in fine condition.

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