Theodore Roosevelt 1898 Typed Letter Signed as Rough Rider – Sent From Camp Wikoff


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26th President.  Typed letter signed “T. Roosevelt”, August 28, 1898, sent from Camp Wikoff in Montauk, Long Island, to Secretary of the Interior Cornelius N. Bliss, in full:

It was very good of you to write me.  There are a great many matters I should like to talk about to you.  That affair you refer to in your letter is all right”

Roosevelt then finishes the letter in his own hand:  “[?] is unwise, but at least a good fellow”

Docketed on verso in unknown hand:  “Col. T. Roosevelt 8/28/98 In regard to an article written by a young man in his regiment”.

It appears that Colonel Roosevelt might be referring to Edwin Emerson, who was in Troop K of the Rough Riders and TR’s regimental clerk.  He was also an author before joining the Rough Riders and would later write a book called “Adventures of Theodore Roosevelt”.  He published several articles in Collier’s Weekly upon the return of teh Rough Riders, including two in their August 27, 1898 issue – which might be what Roosevelt is referring to here.

Folds and mounting residue on verso.

One of the most famous of all the units in the history of the American armed services, “Rough Riders” was the name given to the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry under the leadership of Theodore Roosevelt in the Spanish-American War. After their heroics at the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba, the war soon ended and by August 14, 1898 the Rough Riders were back in the United States and encamped at Montauk at the tip of Long island. They would be mustered out on September 15 and pass into history.

Highly uncommon correspondence from the future President while with this recently returned troops on Long Island.