Theodore Roosevelt 1908 Typed Letter Signed as President – Great Political Content


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26th President.  Typed letter signed “Theodore Roosevelt” AS PRESIDENT, August 8, 1908, The White House Washington stationery, but sent from Oyster Bay, NY, to his old friend Archibald Rogers in Southampton, NY, in full:

I send you, strictly for you own information, a copy of a letter I have just received from Herbert Parsons.  This is one of the most puzzling situations I have ever had to face.  I am trying to get at the feeling of the Republicans; but it really looks as if there is an almost equal division among men who say that they won’t stand for anybody but Hughes for Governor and among men who say that they will bolt the ticket outright if he is nominated.  There are a number of individuals in each camp who insist that if their desire is not met they will even bolt the National ticket.

Your daughter is a dear.  We were all so glad to have her here.

Accompanied by original mailing envelope and a copy of the letter from Parsons to Roosevelt.

In very good condition.

Herbert Parsons was a Republican Congressman from NY.

His letter to TR reads, in small part:

“…May I hope that in the meanwhile no definite decision will be reached in regard to the Gubernatorial situation?…We are in a devil of a situation and are bound to lose some whichever thing happens, but there is an undercurrent in the matter which may have a very decided bearing on Secretary Taft’s candidacy…the independent and reform elements are vociferously for Hughes…the situation is a very serious one, and its effects will reach far into the future.”

Charles E. Hughes, on the Republican ticket, would win the 1908 election as NY Governor.