Lot 69: Outstanding TLS as president, one page, 7 x 8.75, White House letterhead, December 10, 1941. Letter to New York journalist Herbert Bayard Swope. In full: "I am delighted to know that you are holding a luncheon in New York to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the Bill of Rights. There never was a time when the real inner meaning of the Bill of Rights was more manifestly clear to all Americans and to all human beings than now. It is precisely for the preservation of the rights guaranteed by the first ten Amendments of the Constitution that we are now compelled to fight. No clearer or more eloquent statement of our cause was ever written than is embodied in the American Bill of Rights." In fine condition, with mild soiling and a tiny tear to the top edge.Written just three days after the attack on Pearl Harbor and two days after his famous 'Day of Infamy' speech and the official declaration of war on Japan, this eloquent letter captures the patriotic sentiment that spread through America with entry into World War II. The Bill of Rights was ratified on December 15, 1791, and in 1941 President Roosevelt is thought to have been the first president to officially recognize the anniversary by proclamation. Superior content from this decisive moment in FDR's presidency.
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Wednesday, 9th December 2015
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