Jun 21, 2018 - Sale 2483

Sale 2483 - Lot 207

Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
ACKNOWLEDGES "HAVING SUFFERED THE RAVAGES OF INFANTILE PARALYSIS" ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D. Typed Letter Signed, as President, to an unnamed Governor ("My dear Mr. Governor"), reporting the amount of money raised for the National Foundation [for Infantile Paralysis], anticipating the Foundation's report on its progress, calling for the organization of Chapters of the Foundation, and thanking for his support of the Foundation. 1 page, 4to, White House stationery, with integral blank, pale green paper; horizontal fold, remnants of prior mounting along edges of terminal page. Hyde Park, 10 August 1939

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"Today at Hyde Park there has been presented to me . . . [a] report which shows that the net total sum raised throughout the country on my 57th birthday is $1,329,100.36.
". . . I am filled with deep gratification that the American People are so determined that the disease known commonly as Infantile Paralysis must be . . . destroyed.
"Having suffered the ravages of Infantile Paralysis, my first thought will always be for the immediate care of those who find themselves stricken with this dread mysterious malady . . . .
"We must organize our Chapters of the National Foundation . . . . $707,000 of the money raised on my birthday . . . is being held . . . for presentation to the Chapters, as soon as they are chartered . . . . This fight is real, it is in earnest, and the goal is victory. . . ."
Between 1934 and 1938, Roosevelt held balls to celebrate his birthday and to raise funds for research into curing poliomyelitis.