I FRIENDSHIPS ARE NOURISHED through conversations,
through hospitality given and received, through spontaneous
gifts and other mutual gestures of remembrance and affection.
The friendship of William Turner Levy and Eleanor Roosevelt
grew in all these ways. One measure of their deepening rela-
tionship was Mrs. Roosevelt’s desire for greater informality in
the names they used for each other.
AN AIR MAIL LETTER with impressive orange stamps, dated August 23, 1955, and sent from the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, read, “Thank you so much for your little note. I shall look forward to hearing from you in Bangkok and to seeing you when I get home.” In longhand was added: “So far our trip has been most interesting.”
This was the first time Mrs. Roosevelt addressed me as “William” and signed a letter, “Affectionately yours.”
ONE SATURDAY AFTERNOON in autumn when I was doing research at Hyde Park, Mrs. Roosevelt drove over at five