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Roosevelt, Eleanor (1884-1962) to Anne Hinkley

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06002 Author/Creator: Roosevelt, Eleanor (1884-1962) Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Typed letter signed Date: 1932/07/17 Pagination: 2 p. + env 17.3 x 15.2 cm Order a Copy

Typed on stationery of the Executive Mansion, Albany, to Hinkley, the leader of a "wet" organization. "I have never joined the Women's Organization for National Prohibition Reform, because as you know I am a dry." Roosevelt notes that the organization's leadership is "more interested in seeing it made easy for all of us to have anything we might want." She notes "I do not object to the limited sale of light wines and beer" and concludes "prohibition has done more harm in encouraging a group of people who are law breakers and in creating a new and illegal way to make fortunes." She would favor state-level prohibition laws. Noted at top as personal and confidential. Roosevelt has made a correction on p.2.

Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962
Hinkley, Anne, fl. 1932

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