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Eleanor Roosevelt to John F. Kennedy


Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt
202 Fifty-Sixth Street West
New York 19, N. Y.

December 18, 1958

Dear Senator Kennedy:

If my comment is not true, I will gladly so state. I was told that your father said openly he would spend any money to make his son the first Catholic President of this country, and many people as I travel about tell me of money spent by hin [him] in your behalf. This seems commonly accepted as a fact.

Building an organization is permissable [permissible] but giving too lavishly may seem to indicate a desire to influence through money.

Very sincerely yours,

Eleanor Roosevelt



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