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Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962.  First Lady, 1933-1945.  Mint condition Typed Letter Signed, Eleanor Roosevelt, one page, 6” x 9¼”, on stationery of The White House, Washington, January 11, 1945.  With original envelope.

In this letter, dated just four months before the end of World War II, Eleanor sends condolences to the brother of a soldier killed in action.  In part: “My deepest sympathy goes to you in the loss of your brother.  I can well understand what grief you all must feel, and I hope that your pride in your brother’s accomplishments and the knowledge that he died serving his country as a patriotic citizen will make it easier to bear.”

The letter is in absolutely pristine.  It has only the expected mailing folds, one of which barely touches the “R” in “Roosevelt.”  Eleanor has signed in blue-black fountain pen.  The envelope bears a 3¢ purple-and-white Victory stamp, with its message WIN THE WAR.  It is torn at the top from being opened, is soiled, and has some writing in another hand on the back, but overall is in fine condition.

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