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He said, “Well, I might come. When do you think I should come?”

I said, “The President gets pretty busy, but I think it would be a good idea for you to go.”

He said, “I'm going South next week. If he wanted me to, I could stopand see him then.”

He came in the middle of the afternoon. Mrs. Roosevelt greeted him very warmly. She was giving a small tea. She brought him in and introduced him to the ladies in the dining room and he was cheered to the rafters. He stayed for dinner and had dinner with Franklin and Eleanor alone - there might have been a house guest, but no big party. They had a good talk and he didn't go until ten o'clock when he took his train, being driven in the White House car. They had, according to all reports, an extremely amiable and pleasant evening and connection. Certainly he always thought the world of Mrs. Roosevelt and greeted her as a very dear friend. I think that at that time the breach was nearly healed. This was after the Liberty League episode was all over. It was after that greatly increased bitterness was over. It was before the war. A little more business on somebody's part, though it would have to be somebody very close to both of them, would have made it go at that time.

It was just one of those historical tragedies.

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