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Paul Hasbrouck To His Father, May 1, 1927

From: Paul Hasbrouck Letters From Warm Springs
Creator: Paul Hasbrouck (author)
Date: May 1, 1927
Source: Franklin D. Roosevelt Library

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May 1, 1927.


Dear Father;


The clippings which you have sent in your letters, particularly that of April 25, have been much appreciated. While there is no general newspaper room here, Dr. Hubbard does often turn over the New York Times after he finishes with it, and I sometimes see the Edgerton's Times or World, and occasionally Atlanta papers. But certain things get past me in this haphazard fashion.


I received Mother's letter, and the Columbia roster of examinations, yesterday. I am to appear on Friday, May 20, at 9 A.M. I have written Professor Rogers, stating that I would appreciate his advising me how much of my source and note material I should have present, and that, baring advice from him, I will simply take the examination on the text. When the proofs which will be sent me arrive, will you please send me one (if arrive by 11th), and keep the other at home.


After finding out the date of my appearance at Columbia, I have decided tentatively to stay here until Saturday, May 14, then to spend the week-end with the Sherwoods in Atlanta. Mrs. Sherwood in her letter specified some week-end; and I would then take a train from Atlanta, probably Monday morning, for New York. In a letter which I received to-day from Mr. Matteson, as also in a card from Mrs., they asked me to stop for a longer stay in Washington on my way back. I have not yet decided to do this, however, but my present plans are to go on to New York, stay the two or three nights at Columbia, and reach home on Friday. Mr. Good said something about driving up to Atlanta with me on the 14th, but I do not know whether this will materialize. Mrs. Sherwood said at any rate that they could meet me with their car at the station if I came by train. I had simply suggested that they might motor down here some day, but she felt they could not leave the Davises at all now.


Please hold my checks which come about the 13th. I fear they would not arrive until I leave. I would be glad, however, to have you send in your next letter my bank book to the New York Corn Exchange Bank. I think it is in the lefthand desk drawer, or in the safe. Also, if entirely convenient to you, I would be glad, if you could, put $46. in my checking account sometime soon. I may need it before I could deposit the checks upon my return.


Mr. Matteson's letter contained a paragraph telling of the death of Mrs. France, and referring to an article and picture from Washington newspaper which he said he would enclose, but which did not accompany his letter. He said that he noted in the paper a few days ago that by her will she left property valued at anywhere from one to one and a half million dollars to the Senator.


There are lots of flowers here, and our tables are constantly decorated. Some people from Greenville -- the county judge, whose daughter has a rose garden, -- has brought the most delicate and beautiful pink roses on several different occasions. To-day Mrs. Green, the housekeeper of whom I told you, was invited to visit Dr. Kitchin, the local physician -- when he is not on a Florida fishing trip -- and brought back one Magnolia blossom. Tonight it had closed up, but you can imagine the size of this great white blossom when I say that, closed as it was, it was almost as big as a cocoanut.


This afternoon we took a truly beautiful drive, to The Knob, about ten miles to the south. The road led up along the ridges of pine mountains -- in fact, these are called with the capital letters, The Pine Mountains --, through some of the largest peach orchards in the country, which seemed to be located on the top of the world. The Knob is the abrupt end and highest point of the ridge. In fact, I did not realize that there were such mountains back of Warm Springs, as they cannot be seen from here. The views were wide and beautiful all along the route, and there were many wild flowers in the woods. The elevation was almost as great as that of Mohonk. While I wouldn't want to take this trip in the old Ford again, I am glad to have been there once, and to have had a wide look around


Every day since my arrival we have gone into the pool with sunshine. Yesterday, however, was nearest to a cloudy day. There was rain at night and in the early morning, and, while the sun was out for my sun-bath before going into the water, it went under again, and I dressed shortly after taking the exercises. I enclose two reprints of snapshots taken by Mrs. Edgerton of the pool. They show the table under the water (appearing black), the rings, the convenient steps leading into the water, and Dr. Hubbard and Miss Veeder giving exercises to Jean, and to Gordon Foster respectively. Mrs. Foster stands, facing the other direction, looking on, near the exercise table. The first picture shows Tooth these exercise groups, but the second does not show Dr. Hubbard. He is to be identified by the slouch hat. Everyone is not in these pictures. Some may be under the water altogether, others not in yet, or out of the range of the camera. The portion of the pool under the roof -- appearing shadow -- is nearly as large as that exposed to the sun, and could, I should think, be cut off in time of real cold weather to form an indoor pool.

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