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Elihu Root

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I shall have to refrain from turning my attention at all

to the very interesting subject of the Soviet experiment.”

Elihu Root, 1845-1937.  United States Secretary of War, 1899-1904; Secretary of State, 1905-1909; Senator from New York, 1909-1915.  Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, 1912.  Typed Letter Signed, Elihu Root, one page, octavo, on personal stationery, [New York City, New York], May 20, 1929. 

Because of time constraints, Root declines to meet with Wall Street financier S. R. Bertron and therefore cannot consider “the very interesting subject of the Soviet experiment.”  In full:  “I am glad to hear that you are home safe from Moscow.  Pleasant as it would be to see you I am forced to realize that I shall probably be unable to give the time and strength necessary to the consideration of matters in which I have myself a personal obligation before I leave the city for the summer, and I shall have to refrain from turning my attention at all to the very interesting subject of the Soviet experiment.  /  With kind regards and good wishes,  /  Always faithfully yours . . . .”

The letter refers to Bertron’s work with the Soviet Union after World War I.  Samuel Reading Bertron (1865-1938), president of the New York international banking firm Bertron, Griscom & Company, was a director of the American-Russian Chamber of Commerce, which promoted economic, commercial, and industrial relations between the United States and the Soviet Union. 

This letter has one horizontal mailing fold, which does not effect Root’s bold fountain pen signature, and minor soiling at the top.  It is in fine condition.

Unframed.

 

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