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FDR Responds To Criticism Of Heating System
November 12, 1938.
In the pre-election rush I did not get a chance to write you about the very small matter of the heating of my very small cottage at Hyde Park.
The answer is a very simple one -- this cottage will probably be unoccupied most of the time in the winter. And if occupied it would only be for a few hours or for a day or for a Saturday-Sunday at the most. Therefore, the question resolved itself into what was the simples fuel to "turn on" for a few hours or a day. Obviously oil was much more convenient than an Anthracite Stoker.
To show you the small amount of fuel expected to be used, the oil tank would only be sufficient for a couple of weeks of heating.
You can perfectly properly tell Mr. Casey that if I had been putting in a furnace to be used through the winter, I would most certainly have used some form of Anthracite Stoker.
So you will see I have not forgotten my friends in the coal mines.