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Letter to Eleanor Roosevelt from Helen Keller (July 21, 1955)


Dear Mrs. Roosevelt,

Your telegram on my birthday sent a glow to my heart, and I should have thanked you long ago, but I have had an experience that you know well. A torrent of work resulting from my world tour has swept me along, and I do not yet see any signs of terra firma. However, I am proud that Polly and I were able to encircle the globe in the cause of the blind and the deaf, and that thought and your loving message and other wonderful remembrances made my natal day a beautiful memory that I shall cherish forever.

With affection from Polly and myself, and with the prayer that you may long be spared in a world which still needs you, I am,

Lovingly your friend,

Westport, Conn.,
July twenty-first, 1955.

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