Typed Letter Signed "FDR" on White House stationery
Place Published: Washington, D.C.
Date Published: 1940
Description: 1 page on pale green paper, 9 x 7 inches, Washington, D.C., June 12, 1940 -- a rare response to one of the most important and endearing speeches of his entire political career. Written to powerful New York attorney Frederic R. Coudert, who, due to this speech, went from being a staunch isolationist to a supporter of Roosevelt, in full: "Many thanks for your telegram of June eleventh. I greatly appreciate the loyal spirit which prompted you to send it." Note: On June 10, 1945, Roosevelt was to deliver the commencement address at the University of Virginia, where his son was graduating with a law degree. After receiving word that Italy had declared war on France and Great Britain, rather than deliver his prepared speech, he expressed his anger towards Mussolini and called on America to end its isolationism. It took Roosevelt two days to get back to Washington, and he was anxious to get a personal response back to Coudert, who up until that moment was a staunch isolationist and strong supporter of Charles Lindbergh's America First Committee. This brief but historically important letter is signed with oversized initials. One horizontal fold and several small creases. Very good(-) condition.Signed: Y
Book ID: 253631