September 26, 1929 – JSA to Mrs. Roosevelt

  • September 26, 1929 – JSA to Mrs. Roosevelt, Warm Springs (copy to NY City) –

Dear Mrs. Roosevelt:

It was delightful to learn from your note of the 25th that you will try to join the Leach’s on their visit to Lake George… I hope we can arrange the trip before the autumn leaves disappear.

Apparently nothing has happened at Albany since my talk with Franklin, and I am fearful that his instructions to acquire the Paradise Bay land are not being carried out.

Mr. Cross says that he does not know of any action and I talked with Colonel Green because he is a member of the Land Board and he says frankly he would rather see the Paradise Bay land acquired than any land in the Adirondacks and seems to appreciate the necessity of prompt action. He says he spoke to MacDonald at the Land Board Meeting on the 18th and that MacDonald “foamed at the mouth” and he made no progress by taking him off to one side and explaining the urgency of the situation.

You may recall Mr. Hughes when Governor removed Conservation Commissioner Whipple with the statement in substance that he was so friendly with special interests that he had difficulty in protecting the State’s interest. Similar action with MacDonald has been overdue for some time in my opinion.

I am sure you will pardon me for writing all this to you but circumstances seem to warrant this intrusion.

With best wishes to both of you, I remain

Sincerely yours,


P.S. Mr. Lynch suggested I send this copy to you at New York City. J.S.A.