Monday, February 20, 2012

Franklin Roosevelt Writes Letter to a Sick Boy

Pol Moment #4 is when Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) wrote a letter to a sick boy named Charles Snow Smith.  Franklin D. Roosevelt was the 32nd President of the United States and served from 1933 until his death in 1945. Franklin D. Roosevelt also served as the Governor of New York from 1929-1932.

Franklin Roosevelt would be able to relate to the sick boy that he wrote a letter to, because he himself had numerous health problems and battled through them (Health Media Lab). The content of the letter has been preserved for 75 years.  Here is the letter that Franklin Roosevelt wrote to a Charles Snow Smith in New York. It was dated March 8, 1935.

My dear Charles:

One of your good friends has told me about you and of the splendid courage you have shown during your long illness. Just keep up your fine spirit and don't let anything at all discourage you.

I am writing this little note to send you a personal word of cheer and my very best wishes.

Very sincerely yours,

Charles Snow Smith,
Jackson Heights,
Long Island, New York

Citation: Franklin D. Roosevelt:"Letter to a Sick Boy.," March 8, 1935.Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley,The American Presidency Project.

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