ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Autograph letter signed ("Your devoted father") to John A. Roosevelt, Warm Springs, [Georgia], 2 November 1927. 1.5 pages, 4to, 10¾ x 83/8 in., on headed stationery ("Roosevelt & O'Connor, Counselors at law"), with original postmarked envelope addressed by the future President. Fine condition.
"I HOPE YOU WILL SEE A HARVARD VICTORY": ROOSEVELT ON THE YALE-HARVARD FOOTBALL GAME, TO HIS ELEVEN-YEAR OLD SON
An uncommon entirely handwritten letter to his youngest son John Aspinwall, aged eleven years. Roosevelt expresses pleasure that he has "made centre on the football team," and wishes that he could be with him when he goes to Groton and Cambridge to see the Yale-Harvard game. He hopes "you will see a Harvard victory, but so far Yale seems to have much the stronger team." He adds that "the weather [at Warm Springs] continues like summer, & everything is very dusty and dried up."
Roosevelt had formed his new law practice, Roosevelt and O'Connor in 1924, three years after having been stricken with polio at Campobello. Busy with his legal commitments during this period, he also published his first book, Whither Bound (1926), and the following year founded the Georgia Warm Springs Foundation, a therapy centre for the treatment of polio victims. His sixth and youngest child, John, like all the Roosevelt sons, was educated at Groton (1934) and Harvard (A.B. 1938). He, together with Franklin Jr., spent their early years in the White House and enjoyed an especially close relationship with their mother. John later entered active duty with the U.S. Navy in World War II, being discharged in 1946 as a lieutenant commander. After the war, he was active in several business and financial concerns on the West Coast.