Lot 74: TLS, one page, 8 x 10.5, State of New York, Executive Chamber letterhead, May 6, 1932. Letter to J. B. Herold, in full: "I am interested to know that you are Harvard 1909. In those days, there seemed a good deal of difference between our college generations, but now the gap is not so wide! Thank you for sending me a copy of your letter to 'The Times.' I understand that this is a personal point of view but I, for my part, feel there is no necessity today to accentuate religious difference among our citizens. In view of the present tragic economic condition, I believe that we must all unite harmoniously for a return to sanity and stability. Whoever may be the candidate of our party, we can elect him only by the concerted efforts of all good Democrats, and certainly we agree that the time has come for a return to a Democratic administration. You may be sure that I shall welcome any further expression of opinion on your part and that I deeply appreciate your personal loyalty to me." Slight brushing to a portion of the signature, some soiling and creasing, and a uniform block of toning from previous display, otherwise fine condition.On June 27, 1932, two months after writing this letter, Roosevelt traveled to Chicago to accept the Democratic nomination for president. In keeping with his party's platform, Roosevelt's campaign focused on reducing federal expenditures, balancing the budget, and ending the struggles of the ongoing depression. The call for solidarity and the promise of 'a new deal for the American people' helped Roosevelt oust incumbent President Hoover from office, and is wonderfully echoed in this letter, encapsulating the cornerstones of his policy.
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Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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