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Not even someone as intimate as Sam Rosenman knew what Franklin Roosevelt was doing while his guests celebrated his fourth inaugural. The president was writing a letter to Jesse Jones, asking him to resign as secretary of commerce so Henry Wallace could get the job. He began by telling "Dear Jesse" that the letter was "very difficult" to write. He thanked him for his "splendid services" to the public and then launched into a veritable eulogy of the former vice president.
Henry Wallace deserves almost any service which he believes he can satisfactorily perform. I told him this at the end of the campaign, in which he displayed the utmost devotion to our cause, traveling almost incessantly and working for the success of the ticket in a great many parts of the country. Though not on the ticket himself, he gave of his utmost toward the victory which ensued.