The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers


Eleanor Roosevelt to John F. Kennedy

Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt
301 fifty-sixth street west
new york 19, n. y.

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[sic][1] in your behalf. This seems commonly accepted as a fact.
Building an organization is permissable[sic][2] but giving too lavishly may seem to indicate a desire to influence through money.

Very sincerely yours,

Eleanor Roosevelt

TLS, POF, MBJFK
     [1.] Typographical error "hin" corrected.
     [2.] Typographical error "permissable" corrected.