26th President. Two-page autograph letter signed (ALS) “Theodore Roosevelt”, November 8, 1896, “Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay, Long Island, N.Y.” stationery, to “Dear Mr. Dana” [most likely New York Sun editor Charles Anderson Dana], sending congratulations, praising his use of John Greenleaf Whittier poems and sending a letter to be printed in his paper [not present], in full:
I knew you would be overwhelmed with congratulations; so I waited to send mine. Indeed you have deserved well of the country! Your use of Whittier’s two poems was particularly happy.
The accompanying letter is to be put in your paper or forwarded to Bartlett privately accordingly as you think best; I had the honor to speak for him in his canvass.
P.S. Of course do not answer this.
The 1896 Presidential election was held on November 3, 1896. Although a bit cryptic, it would appear TR is commenting on election results in this letter.
Written on two separate sheets; folds; matted with portrait and framed