ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN DELANO. 1882-1944. Autograph Letter Signed ("F.D.R.") as President, Washington, [1941], to Norman Davis, on White House stationery,

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ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN DELANO. 1882-1944.
Autograph Letter Signed ("F.D.R.") as President, Washington, [1941], to Norman Davis, on White House stationery,

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ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN DELANO. 1882-1944.
Autograph Letter Signed ("F.D.R.") as President, Washington, [1941], to Norman Davis, on White House stationery, with original autograph transmittal envelope, addressed: "Kindness of Miss Rutherfurd."
Provenance: Christie's December 15, 1995, lot 116. Sold for $17,250.

RARE FDR AUTOGRAPH PRESIDENTIAL LETTER, "IF WAR DOES BREAK OUT SHE WILL BE WORKING AT IT SOMEWHERE"
Roosevelt writes the chairman of the International Federation of Red Cross, Norman Davis to thank him for helping the daughter of his mistress, and to have her return home in the face of impending war. In full: "Dear Norman, Barbara & her family think that she should rejoin them for the next few months—and I think that is best. It was good of you to give her this chance for training and she & I are grateful—If this war does break out she will be working at it somewhere / as ever / F.D.R."

Barbara Rutherfurd (1922-2005) was the daughter of Lucy Mercer Rutherfurd, who had been Eleanor Roosevelt's secretary until it was discovered that Lucy Mercer and F.D.R. had been having an affair. Eleanor and F.D.R. were close to divorce, but eventually agreed that he would not see Lucy Mercer again. The above is proof that the two remained in contact. In fact, after the death of her husband Winthrop Rutherfurd, the relationship with Roosevelt was rekindled. She was with F.D.R. when he died at Warm Springs. Barbara Rutherford would go on to volunteer with the Red Cross throughout the war.

Autograph letters of Roosevelt as President, much less on White House stationery and of such a personal nature, are extremely rare. Only a handful are known to exist.
Perisco. Franklin and Lucy: President Roosevelt, Mrs. Rutherfurd and the Other Remarkable Women in His Life. New York: 2008.
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