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      Sale 2333 | Lot 138
      Price Realized: $2,750With Buyer's Premium
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      • Sale 2333 Lot 138

        CONFRONTING MAYOR WITH CORRUPTION CHARGES ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D. Typed Letter Signed, as Governor, to New York City Mayor James J. Walker, sending copies of petitions and legal analysis by Judge Samuel Seabury [not present] charging Walker's administration with political corruption and requesting a response to the charges. 1 page, 4to, "Executive Chamber" stationery; ink received stamp at upper right, small hole at upper left corner, horizontal folds. Albany, 21 June 1932

        Estimate $1,500 - 2,500

        "I am sending you herewith certain charges and an analysis filed with me containing allegations relating to your conduct as Mayor of The City of New York.
        "The documents I enclose are . . .
        "1. A letter and an analysis filed by Honorable Samuel Seabury.
        "2. Copy of petition filed by Wm. Jay Schieffelin, Chairman and on behalf of the New York Committee of One Thousand.
        "Copy of letter from James E. Finegan . . . .
        "I have only one copy of the eight volumes of testimony sent to me by Judge Seabury. I am requesting him to send you another copy for your convenience.
        "Will you please let me have a reply to these charges."
        --related printed legal briefs and newspaper clippings.
        On August 11, 1932, Mayor Walker appeared at a hearing arranged by Roosevelt acting as the state's Chief Magistrate to record Walker's response to the corruption charges prepared by Judge Seabury. Walker declared that his over 20 years of political service were blameless; nevertheless, on September 1, 1932, Walker resigned from office and left the country.
        Provenance: Retained by Mayor Walker's legal advisor Reuben Lazarus; thence by descent to the consignor.

        Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $2,750