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Theodore Roosevelt

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Theodore Roosevelt, 1858-1919.  26th President of the United States.  Scarce Typed Letter Signed, T. Roosevelt, with holograph changes, one page, octavo, on stationery of The Outlook, New York, December 8, 1910. 

This is a scarce for its reference to the Spanish-American War, in which Roosevelt rose to fame for his leadership of the Rough Riders.  Anything in which Roosevelt mentions the war is desirable and not easy to find. 

Here, Roosevelt thanks a correspondent for an article about the war.  He writes, in full:  “It was very kind of you to send me a copy of ‘The Recorder, in which appeared the little story relating to the Spanish War.  I am sure I shall enjoy reading it.  / With best wishes from  /  Your friend . . . .”

When the United States declared war on Spain in 1898, Roosevelt resigned as Assistant Secretary of the Navy and formed the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment, unofficially known as the “Rough Riders.”  Eventually he was promoted to colonel and given command of the regiment.  Under his leadership, on July 1, 1898, the regiment charged up San Juan Hill, the battle for which was the bloodiest and most famous of the war.  Roosevelt later described the Battle of San Juan Hill as the great day of my life and my crowded hour.” 

Roosevelt was nominated for the Medal of Honor, but it was denied at the time.  It was finally awarded to him posthumously in 2001.  He is the only President of the United States to receive the nation’s highest military honor.

Roosevelt has edited and signed this letter in black fountain pen.  Both the writing and the signature are bold.  Roosevelt blacked out the typewritten words I enjoyed reading it” and substituted, in holograph, the words “I am sure I shall enjoy reading it.”  The ink from the change transferred when the letter was folded, slightly affecting the signature, which is still easily readable.  The letter has mailing folds, with minor splitting at the ends of the horizontal fold, and shows general soiling and wear.  It is in good condition.

Unframed.

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