1942 Franklin D. Roosevelt Signed Letter to a Member of the "Cuff Link Gang"

Sold For: $540

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 2131

Item Year: 1942

Category: Historical/Political

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One-page typed letter (on the first page of a fold-over sheet), dated February 16, 1942, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), thirty-second President of the United States. In his letter, written on official "The White House" letterhead, Roosevelt offers thanks to a Mr. Stanley Prenosil of Spring Lake, New Jersey. In full:

Dear Stanley: I think it will interest you to know that the family papers that you so generously contributed for my birthday are now safely out of the hands of speculators and book dealers and I am having special slip cases made for them. It was a wonderful thing to get them back into the family again, because they give a very accurate picture of what the sugar business was over about seventy years - from 1750 to 1820. I was made very happy by your helping me to do this. Ever so many thanks. Always sincerely, Franklin D. Roosevelt [signed].

Roosevelt's signature has been beautifully scripted in blue fountain pen and grades "10." Stanley Prenosil was one of the original members of FDR's "Cuff Link Gang," a group of close friends who had worked for Roosevelt on his unsuccessful campaign as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in 1920. Afterwards, Roosevelt gave each member of the "club" a pair of cuff links, one with his initials and the other with the initials of the recipient. For years afterwards, members of the "Cuff Link Gang" would reunite annually at FDR's birthday parties. Roosevelt was in his third term as President at the time of this letter and while he was obviously overjoyed to receive the gift of his family's papers, the weight of the nation was clearly on his shoulders with the United States' recent entry into World War II. The letter (7 x 8.75 inches) displays a horizontal fold and is in Excellent to Mint condition. Accompanied by its original mailing envelope (7.25 x 4.75 inches; Ex). Total: 2 items (letter and envelope). Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++.

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