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From a letter to President Roosevelt written by Fidel Castro in 1940. It is among a collection of letters to U.S. presidents that will be displayed in November at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

My good friend Roosvelt.

I don’t know very English, but I know as much as write to you.

I like to hear the radio, and I am very happy, because I heard in it, that you will be President for a new (período).

I am twelve years old.

I am a boy but I think very much but I do not think that I am writing to the President of the United States.

If you like, give me a ten dollars bill green American, in the letter, because never, I have not seen a ten dollars bill green American and I would like to have one of them.

I don’t know very English but I know very much Spanish and I suppose you don’t know very Spanish but you know very English because you are American but I am not American.

Thank you very much. Good by.

Your friend,

Fidel Castro

If you want iron to make your ships I will show to you the bigest (minas) of iron of the land. They are in Mayari, Oriente, Cuba.

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