ALS, three pages on two sheets, 5 x 8, Campobello Island letterhead, August 12, 1907. Letter to "Mr. Ryan," providing instructions for improving his 15-month-old daughter Anna's crib. In full: "Do you think you can go to the house some day to make some alterations to the baby's wooden crib? The bottom of the crib was lowered about six inches, if you remember, last year, and I should like it put back to its original position. Also the sides of the crib are too low—and I think the best arrangement would be for you to build a very light frame work to fit over the present sides about 18 inches higher. I would suggest an upright at each corner to fit down over the old sides and perhaps two cross pieces 6 or 7 inches apart [in the left margin, FDR adroitly sketches a diagram of his concept]. One side must let down and the whole should be very light so as to lift off the crib without much trouble. I only suggest this method of attachment, as it may not be practicable and if you can think of any better, go ahead and use it. We hope to get back on September 10th and should much like to have it done by then." In very good to fine condition, with some light creasing and soiling. Accompanied by an article about this letter published in Manuscripts, Vol. 66, No. 4, Fall 2014.
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