March 5, 1943

Mrs. Roosevelt Comments on Letter
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.—Lieutenant Colonel Elliott Roosevelt, second-eldest son of President Roosevelt, pleaded for the president’s four sons to be left alone by critics in Congress who claim they have been given safe assignments away from the battlefield. The plea was in a letter sent on January 22 to his home district’s representative, who read the letter before Congress yesterday. In the letter, Roosevelt asked “…for God’s sake, let us fight without being stabbed in the back by politics!” The chief critic, Representative Lambertson of Kansas, refused to comment on the letter. When Eleanor Roosevelt learned of her son’s letter, she said yesterday, “Why did he bother with it? I don’t think Elliott should even have written the letter.” The First Lady was here inspecting two naval-training centers at the University of Illinois.

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