Lot 29: Franklin D. Roosevelt typed signed letters
10th October 2018
Two TLSs as president, each one page, 8 x 10.5, White House letterhead, dated 1937 and 1942, both to the Hon. H. P. Fulmer, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture from 1939–1944. The first, of August 26, 1937, in part: "I have urged the enactment of appropriate legislation having as its objective stabilization of supplies and prices of farm commodities, but because of the importance and far-reaching effect of such legislation the members of the Senate and House Agricultural Committees have thought it advisable that more time be given to study these proposed measures. It was on the condition that the Congress would give first consideration to such legislation when it next convenes that I consented to the making of loans on cotton, under certain restrictions and conditions." The second, a World War II–dated letter of October 15, 1942, in part: "We all realize that the farm labor situation is becoming increasingly serious and that farmers will face many difficulties in maintaining production in 1943. I am glad to know that your Committee is interested in this problem, and I am sure that you all realize the need for obtaining maximum utilization of our manpower during the months and years ahead. I do not think, however, that we can reach or even approach a reasonable solution to this problem through revising the parity formula for farm prices or through adopting a farm price policy which is not in accord with the current need for stabilizing the cost of living, including the cost of food. It seems to me that we must approach the labor problem directly—that is, we must consider the over-all work load relative to the number of workers available and try to distribute them so as to obtain maximum production of war materials, including food." In overall fine condition.
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