Element Of Romance Between Franklin Roosevelt And His Secretary
MARGARET “MISSY” LEHAND was Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s personal secretary from 1921 to 1941. She writes a 2 ½ pp, 5 x 6 ½, ALS, Warm Springs, GA, to Dwight L. Hoopingarner of the American Construction Council, October 27, 1926 from Warm Springs, GA. She eventually functioned as the White House Chief of Staff, the only woman to ever do so. Historians debate the relationship LeHand had with Roosevelt, but it is widely agreed that it had an element of romance.
In this letter, she refers to Franklin Roosevelt by “FD”, her nickname for him.
“Dear Mr. Hoopy—
“Are you in Chicago? If so, I trust that all the stories of outlawry are mythical!
“We are still swimming and having a very good time here – the girl I went abroad with only left a few days ago and an English woman – of friend of Mrs. R[oosevelt] – is still here so it has been especially pleasant.
“The point of and reason for the note is: you spoke of going to Bosotn early in November and I hope it won’t be before I get there. FD [Franklin Roosevelt] has now decided to leave the 8th. By the way, he says if by any chance you go to Chicago by way of Atlanta or Columbus or Warm Springs, to be sure to stop here!! After Chicago, most anyone needs a swim!
“After being down here in the wilds for so long, I shall feel lost in New York, but I suppose one has to go there. I hope the meeting in Chicago will be pleasant as well as successful.
“If you are in New York when I am there, I hope I shall see you.
“Marguerite A. LeHand”
The Roosevelt children referred to LeHand as “Missy.” She remained as Roosevelt’s secretary until she became ill and eventually moved in with her sister in Somerville, MA.
Warm Springs was sometimes called Roosevelt’s little White House. He arrived at the resort on October 3, 1924, hoping to find a cure for his paralysis. The next day, he began swimming and immediately felt an improvement. For the first time in three years, he was able to move his right leg. Because of Roosevelt’s prominence, his visit brought great publicity to Warm Springs. Roosevelt maintained a residence at Warm Springs from 1933, when he became President, until his death in 1945.
Light toning and one mailing fold to the letter and the cover, which is marked “Personal” by LeHand. Very easy to read and a great piece for the Roosevelt or presidential collector.
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