I am a document trader and collector and recently purchased a wonderful item that I believe would be of great interest to Dorsett researchers. It is a letter signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1918 when he was assistant secretary of the navy. I will transcribe the letter in its entirety as follows:
April 9, 1918.
Dr. E. Lee Dorsett,
St. Louis, Mo.
Your prompt and patriotic response to the Navy's call for binoculars, telescopes, and spy-glasses, is most appreciated. The glasses will be very useful in the prosecution of Naval Operations until victory is won.
At the termination of the war, if possible, every effort will be made to return them to you, when it is hoped that you will feel compensated for any evidence of wear, by the knowledge that you have supplied "Eyes for the Navy" during a very trying period.
On behalf of the Navy, I wish to thank you most heartily.
Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
I am interested in corresponding with persons who would have an interest in this item. Please e-mail me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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