Franklin D. Roosevelt, as President-Elect, Recognizes the "Grave Responsibility" He is About to Undertake

November 19, 1932

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Franklin D. Roosevelt, as President-Elect, Recognizes the "Grave Responsibility" He is About to Undertake
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      About to take office at perhaps the worst moment in American history, President-Elect Roosevelt thanks Woodring – whom he will ultimately hire, and fire, as Secretary of War – for his congratulations, and tells him that he recognizes “the grave responsibility, as well as the great opportunities, which lie ahead.”


      Typed Letter Signed, as President-Elect, with autograph salutation and closing sentence, 1 page, quarto, Executive Mansion, Albany, New York, November 19, 1932. To Harry H. Woodring in Topeka.
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      EXECUTIVE MANSION
      ALBANY, NEW YORK

      November nineteenth
      Nineteen thirty-two.

      Dear [text is crossed out] Harry

      You know, I am sure, that I appreciate not only your telegram of congratulation but the way in which it was worded.

      I need not tell you also that I recognize the grave responsibility, as well as the great opportunities, which lie ahead.  I shall look to you in the future as I have in the past for your honest counsel and your constructive support, & I do hope to see you soon.

      Yours very sincerely,

      FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT


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      Harry H. Woodring,
      Topeka,
      Kansas.