Lot 27: Franklin D. Roosevelt Typed Letter of State
9th August 2017
World War II-dated typed Letter of State, one page, 10.25 x 14, April 6, 1943. Official letter to President Carías Andino of Honduras, in full: "The Government of the United States of America being desirous at this time to testify its good will and friendship for the Republic of Honduras, it is particularly fitting that our two countries should exchange diplomatic representatives with the rank of Ambassador. It is my agreeable duty to inform you that, acting under the authority conferred upon the President by the Congress of the United States, I have made choice of John D. Erwin, a distinguished citizen of the United States, to reside near the Government of Honduras in the quality of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America. This action will give further testimony to the especially close relations which unite Honduras and the United States in the struggle against the Axis powers and in the defense of this Hemisphere. I therefore request Your Excellency to receive him favorably and to give full credence to what he shall say on the part of the United States, and to the assurances which I have charged him to convey to you of the best wishes of this Government for the prosperity of Honduras. May God have Your Excellency in His Wise Keeping." Signed at the conclusion by Roosevelt, and countersigned by Secretary of State Cordell Hull. In very good to fine condition, with a light block of toning, scattered foxing, and a few small repaired areas of paper loss.
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