7 December 2015
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Autograph letter signed (“your devoted Father”) to Elliott Roosevelt (“Good Old Bunny”), 21 July 1925. 2 pages, folio, Fidelity and Deposit Co. stationery. Matted and framed.
“MAN’S RELATION TO MAN & MAN’S RELATION TO NATURE”
FDR takes vicarious pleasure in the lengthy and expensive travels of two of his sons, through the American West. “You don’t know how much it means to me to have you like your trip so much. Of course you & Jimmy shall stay on till it ends Aug. 21st. My only regret is that [I] can’t be with you. I know a good many parts of the Western Country pretty well, though not just where you are. After all it is not just the scenery or the fun, but something deeper, some quality of man’s relation to man & man’s relation to nature which makes what you are doing worth while. I hope you both got my cheques for $20. You shall have more if you need it, for even though your trip & Jimmy’s will total over $2,000, you will never regret it & I’m sure Mother & I won’t either.” Turning to his part-time legal career (limited due to his polio), FDR continues, “I am down here each mid-week for three days & have several new clients in addition to this Surety business. Two of my new interests are a Canadian pulp, paper & power development; and a survey of a little ranch in Bolivia 60 miles in each direction! How would you like to take up the career of managing and developing new fields of that kind? It would take knowledge of engineering machinery, agriculture, etc., but old ‘Mr. Common Sense’ would determine whether you were a success or not!” A fine FDR family letter.
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