Jun 21, 2018 - Sale 2483

Sale 2483 - Lot 203

Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
ARRANGING VISIT OF THE AUNT OF AILING "MISSY" LE HAND ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D. Autograph Letter Signed, to his personal secretary's aunt Nellie Graffin ("My dear Miss Graffin"), arranging her visit to Warm Springs, explaining that Marguerite ["Missy" Le Hand] is not as well as she believes, hoping to meet them at the end of January, and sending New Years wishes. 4 pages, square 8vo, personal stationery, written on two sheets; minor soiling along horizontal fold of terminal page. New York, 29 December circa 1927

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"It is . . . a great relief . . . that you can go to Warm Springs on the 16th with Marguerite. The child has been much more seriously ill last summer than she realizes, and though she is so much better now, it is most important for her to keep very quiet and avoid colds and excitement during this winter. . . .
"I know how fond she is of you, and how much she will love having you with her in the little cottage at Warm Springs.
". . . I myself hope to get down for a short visit to you two the end of January, but have to come back to New York & will return to Warm Springs as soon as I can.
". . . I have heard so much about 'Aunt Nellie' for many years that it is certainly time for us to meet. . . ."
In the summer of 1927, "Missy" Le Hand collapsed in her cottage in Warm Spring, GA, and thereafter began suffering from periods of delirium, prompting her removal to a hospital. She appeared to have recovered completely by the fall, only to undergo a similar attack soon after Roosevelt had decided to seek the governorship in October of 1928.