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==Other People== "In 1912, the Democratic Party Headquarters in New York City was located on lower Fifth Avenue. A good friend of mine, then a young man, spent considerable time at the headquarters working as a sort of messenger boy. He was the son of a well-known New York family of Judaic background." (''F.D.R.'', p 137) Dall then goes on to describe a meeting between Woodrow Wilson, Bernard Baruch and others that can only give the impression that the messenger boy he is here describing must be [[Benjamin H Freedman]]. Dall mentions a book he'd just read called ''When the Cheering Stopped'', by Gene Smith (1964). He then relates the Peck letters story. It's not completely clear if he is here quoting from the book or relaying his own version of the story. Here is what he states: <blockquote>[[Woodrow Wilson]] wrote many letters of a "personal nature" to Mrs Mary Allen Peck. Mrs Peck's son got into some financial difficulties and needed $30,000. Mrs Peck retained Samuel Untermeyer as her lawyer to help her obtain that money. Mr Untermeyer called upon President Wilson explaining that his client needed $250,000 and for that sum she would return to Wilson certain letters she had, otherwise she would dispose of them to others. Wilson did not have that kind of money. Mr Untermeyer proposed a solution. If Wilson would consider appointing Mr Louis Brandeis to the Supreme Court, then Mr Untermeyer would settle the matter of the letters. (''F.D.R.'', p 140-141)</blockquote>
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