HISTORICAL NOTES: Dearest Mama

On Dec. 4, 1903, on stationery of the Harvard Crimson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt wrote to his mother: "I know what pain I must have caused you and you know I wouldn't do it if I really could have helped it—mais tu sais, me voilà! That's all that could be said. I know my mind, have known it for a long time, and know that I would never think otherwise. Result: I am the happiest man just now in the world; likewise the luckiest. And for you, dear Mummy, you know that nothing can ever change what we have always been...

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