ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN DELANO. 1882-1945.
Typed Letter Signed ("Franklin D. Roosevelt"), 1 p, 4to, [New York?], September 28, 1928, to Warren F. Sutherland of the shipping company Manuel Caragol & Son, on personal letterhead, taped at folds on verso with discoloration, paperclip rustmarks, taped to matte at corners, framed.
In the midst of his campaign for governor of New York, and the current Governor Al Smith's run for President, FDR asks the shipping industry their views on American isolationism. In part: "I feel that we have needlessly gained the ill will of the great part of the world during the last eight years, and many friends of mine seeking markets outside of this country, have related to me instance after instance where this ill will have barred the door for their goods. I cannot see any hope of a different policy under Mr. Hoover"who would be elected President six weeks later"... but from many long and confidential talks with Governor Smith, I feel assured that ... his inherent spirit of friendliness will bring about a very different condition of affairs if he is elected."