ROOSEVELT, FRANKLIN D. (1882-1945). Thirty-second president of the United States. TLS. (“Franklin D. Roosevelt”). 1½pp. 4to. Albany, June 1, 1932. On two separate sheets, the first of which is his governor’s stationery with a gold-embossed seal of New York. To Mr. W.A. Wilson of Exeland, Wisconsin.
“Let me assure you that I appreciate your recent letter and your frank expression of opinion. I am always glad to have all the criticism, suggestion and comment which I can possibly obtain.
In a way, I agree with you that my views are ‘old’. So are the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount. In other words, it is not easy to be original in stating fundamental principles and truths which we all recognize and which are all too often overlooked.
I have felt that it was most important to analyze the fundamental questions now before our country before we proceed to build for the future. I can assure you that as Governor of New York my administration has been a progressive one and that we have had to meet fairly and squarely many of the problems which now confront the country as a whole. We have had a balanced budget; we were the first state in the nation to vote practical financial relief for the unemployed; we have made an intelligent and helpful survey of seasonal industries, thereby creating many jobs and stabilizing others, and we have actually reduced taxes by applying common-sense methods to our administration.