Typed letter, Signed ("Franklin D. Roosevelt"), as president, on White House stationery, to C. Suydam Cutting. Tibet, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Typed letter, Signed ("Franklin D. Roosevelt"), as president, on White House stationery, to C. Suydam Cutting.

Washington, D.C: White House, May 21, 1937.

4to. Framed and glazed Item #317730

Like FDR, Suydam Cutting, who came from a prominent New Jersey family, was a graduate of both Groton and Harvard (they graduated 5 years apart). Cutting went to Turkmenistan with TR, Jr., and Kermit in 1925 and travelled to Tibet on several occasions between 1928 and 1937. He visited Lhasa with permission of the Dalai Lama to whom he presented gifts. Cutting acted as de facto American representative there (as this letter suggests), and published a memoir of his experiences, The Fire Ox and Other Years (1947).

A remarkable letter recording the ambivalent American position on Tibet in the 1930s.

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