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us a lot of prints. We did a book of the 1840's naval war
in California, done by Grabhorn, the printer who had done
Leaves of Grass for us.
Do you remember what you discussed at lunch at all?
What the books were going to look like, how many
volumes. Well, we decided it would be in five volumes.
I left Sam Rosenman up there and drove home alone. I
had gotten some autographs from him and I was on the top of
the world--so happy that I got arrested for speeding on the
way home. I said to the cop, “You can't arrest me. I've
just left President Roosevelt.” And the cop said, “Well,
that's a new one.” I showed him the autographs and stuff
and settled for promising him a set when it came out. He
got it, too!
Our set came out at the very nadir of Roosevelt's
career. He had just gotten murdered on the Supreme Court
issue. You know, he had tried to pack the Supreme Court, and
he didn't get away with it. The set was $15...five volumes
at $3 apiece. You couldn't do that today. The '37 dollar
is worth about 48$ today I think. We discovered that anybody
who had $15 to spend on books at one time hated Franklin
Roosevelt. We ran into immediate resistance. Furthermore,
it was kind of a dull collection--those public papers and
addresses. There wasn't anything very exciting about them.
And Rosenman had been very profligate in his editing. He
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