Theodore Roosevelt 1915 Typed Letter Signed – While On Trial in Syracuse, NY


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26th President.  Typed letter signed (TLS) “Theodore Roosevelt”, May 7, 1915, sent while on trial in Syracuse, NY, to former Congressman Charles Washburn in Worcester, Mass., in full:

Every now and then I receive a letter that appeals to my sympathies.  The enclosed is one of them.  I don’t know the writer nor the woman to whom she refers, who lives in Athol, Mass., but somehow it strikes me that it may be a genuine case.  Have you any acquaintance in Athol whom you could ask to look it up & let me know!

The last 3 words, as well as some punctuation, in TR’s handwriting.

Roosevelt spent mid-April through mid-May, 1915 in Syracuse, New York while on trial in a libel suit.  The outspoken Roosevelt had called New York Republican Chairman William Barnes “a political boss of the most obnoxious type.” Barnes sued for libel. The trial was moved from Albany to Syracuse after Roosevelt complained he could not get a fair trial in the state capital. The trial took place in the Onondaga County Courthouse. It went on for more than five weeks. Roosevelt was on the stand for nine days.  RARE communication from this period.

Charles Grenfill Washburn (January 28, 1857 – May 25, 1928) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts.

Folds, some toning.