4 December 2014
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. (1882-1945) Typed letter signed (“Franklin D. Roosevelt”), to Alexander McAdie (1863-1943), New York, 3 January 1924. 1 page, 4to, personal stationery, closed tears at ends of folds, one word in holograph (causing an ink burn).
FORMER NAVAL PERSON FDR REVISITS THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND in this letter thanking Professor McAdie, a professor of meteorology at Harvard and director of the Blue Hill Observatory, for sending him “the little book,” saying “it has given me an interesting hour and much information which I did not have before. Especially was the chapter on the Battle of Jutland a real joy. It is a real contribution to my naval collection.” McAdie had likely presented FDR with a copy of his War Weather Vignettes. Roosevelt then asks whether McAdie knows the story “of why the British caught the German high seas fleet in the open North Sea?” He goes on to explain how the British intercepted radio transmission from the German flag ship. “The British Admiralty deduced the theory that the German high seas fleet was about to go out on a short cruise, and telegraphed the information to Jellico. The latter sent his scouts across at full speed, followed by the battle cruisers and, more slowly, by the main grand fleet. I thought the above might interest you if you had not already heard it.” A fine example of FDR’s love of naval history.
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