Lot #57
Eleanor Roosevelt (9) Typed Letters Signed

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Estimate: $500+


Nine TLSs by Eleanor Roosevelt, each one page, ranging in size from 6 x 7 to 6 x 9.25, dated from 1934 to 1959. All to Mr. and Mrs. Adolph, with seven written during her time as first lady and six on White House letterhead. Excerpts from the letters:

June 18, 1934, on White House letterhead: "I was sorry to hear from Kresse that your mother has been ill, and I am having some fruit sent to her in the hopes that she will enjoy it."

October 15, 1934, on White House letterhead: "I think you have made exactly the right guess about Al. He wants to stay with you and feels that you have given him a great deal of educational help and he counts on it very greatly. I simply want you to have it in the back of your head that if things become intolerable I can get him another job. He told me before that he did not want to leave unless he went with you, and then he would go anywhere. That is that."

February 21, 1935, on White House letterhead: "I am so very sorry that you have felt so badly since your operation. It is, of course, a natural physical reaction to what you have gone through."

March 1, 1938, on White House letterhead: "I am so sorry to hear that you are back in the hospital and hope if you have had your operation everything has gone well and that you are now beginning to feel better. I have asked that a few flowers be sent to you and hope they will bring you a little cheer."

March 28, 1938, on Georgia War Springs Foundation letterhead: "I am so sorry to hear that Mrs. Adolph is so very near the end. If I can possibly stop next week or the week after, I will try to do so if she is still conscious."

October 1, 1941, on White House letterhead: "It was very kind of you to send me a message of sympathy about my brother and I appreciate it very much."

May 21, 1943, on White House letterhead: "I am glad to be able to send you the enclosed report from the Surgeon General of the Army, which indicates that no adverse information has been received concerning the doctors who are being transferred from Stewart Field."

September 4, 1946, on personal letterhead: "Many thanks for your nice note…The accident was a horrid experience but I am really quite all right now." She adds a handwritten postscript: "Won't you come & lunch with me some Sunday?"

December 31, 1959, on personal letterhead: "It would be lovely to see you in St. Petersburg, and I hope you will contact me even though my visit is brief."

In overall very good to fine condition, with overall creasing to one of the 1934 letters. Accompanied by a letter to Roosevelt from Surgeon General James C. Magee, addressing Mr. Adolph's concerns about the assignment of Army doctors to Stewart Field.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts
  • Dates: #639 - Ended July 13, 2022