Lot #25
Franklin D. Roosevelt Autograph Letter Signed as President

Scarce ALS as president—FDR is forced to cancel plans due to his son's emergency surgery
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Estimate: $6000+


Scarce ALS as president—FDR is forced to cancel plans due to his son's emergency surgery

ALS as president signed “F. D. R.,” one page, 7 x 9, White House letterhead, [September 9, 1938]. Letter to "Uncle Fred," his mother's brother Frederic Delano, in full: "All my nice plans for going to Algonac tomorrow for your Birthday are off—for I go to Rochester tonight & Jimmy's operation is Monday. Meanwhile ever so many Happy Returns—You are the grandest person I know—in every way." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original White House transmittal envelope addressed in FDR's own hand, "Hon. F. A. Delano."

As Hitler set his sights on the Sudetenland, escalating the situation abroad, the U.S. president faced his own struggles at home. After previously unsuccessful treatments for a small gastric ulcer, Roosevelt's son James was scheduled for emergency surgery on September 12th. Canceling plans to attend his uncle's 75th birthday celebration at the Delano family estate in Algonac, he offers his warmest wishes for "ever so many Happy Returns." A kind, sincere, and decidedly rare handwritten letter from the president, setting aside his private worries and international concerns.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021

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