These were families of "volunteers absent in the army," who were unable to provide for themselves. The list gives the names of the volunteers, the number of family members, and the amount of money required by each family for a year.
In the letter Roosevelt thanks Mrs. Semple for her "prompt and patriotic response to the NAVY'S call for binoculars, telescopes, and spy-glasses." The Navy will attempt to return the items at the end of the war, "when it is hoped that you will feel...
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