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Typed letter signed - ROOSEVELT Theodore - 1898. [1276712]
1898 - ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Typed letter signed. Oyster Bay, New York, December 28, 1898. One page, 8-1/2 by 11 inches, typed and signed on the recto. $12,000.Exceptional typed letter signed by Theodore Roosevelt on the eve of his inauguration as governor of New York, asking an editor about the publication of a volume containing an important historical essay by Roosevelt and describing his proudest achievement as being leader of the Rough Riders rather than being elected governor of New York.Roosevelt writes, in full: "I understand your third volume is very nearly out. Pardon my troubling you, but have you an idea when the fourth will be issued, and will it contain my chapters? The reason for this anxiety, as you know, is that I cannot help hoping I can get my account of the War of 1812 out ahead of Mahan's, for, of course, whatever he writes will utterly cast into the shade of what I write. I hope you are fairly well now. Of course it is too much to expect to see you on this side. I suppose you saw that I was elected governor of new york, but I think I am proudest of having been Colonel of the Rough Riders."Roosevelt's exploits as Colonel of the First U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment in Cuba had already propelled him to the Republican nomination for Governor of New York in 1898. Yet he could scarcely imagine what lay in store for him by the time his chapter appeared in the sixth volume of Clowes's monumental history of the Royal Navy in 1901. Despite attaining both the Vice Presidency and the Presidency within a span of three years, T.R. always cherished his service in Cuba. Even after two terms as President, he preferred to be called "Colonel Roosevelt," and fondly remembered his time leading the Rough Riders, referring to the charge on San Juan Hill as "the great day of my life." (Congress posthumously awarded Roosevelt the Medal of Honor for his exploits in 2001).Fortunately for Roosevelt, Alfred Thayer Mahan's Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812 did not appear in print until 1905. In his introduction to volume six of The Royal Navy, A History from the Earliest Times to 1900, editor William Laird Clowes remarked that when he asked Roosevelt to write a chapter on the War of 1812, "He was only President of the Board of Police Commissioners." His contribution, a chapter entitled "The War with the United States, 1812-1815" is a condensed treatment of Roosevelt's critically acclaimed book, published at age twenty-four, The Naval War of 1812 (1882), which established his reputation as a serious historian. A century later, Naval historian Michael Crawford noted in a review article that "Roosevelt's study of the War of 1812 influenced all subsequent scholarship on the naval aspects of the War of 1812 and continues to be reprinted. More than a classic, it remains, after 120 years, a standard study of the war" (International Journal of Naval History, April 2002). Clowes had similar words for Roosevelt's contribution to his volumes, declaring "he has produced a piece of work which while fair minded and generous to a degree, is as remarkable for its analytical insight as for its impartial plain speaking." There are several autograph emendations by Roosevelt, including to the name of the recipient in the salutation and his address at the bottom of the page. Expected folds, slight repair on verso, glue remnants on verso show through at bottom margin not affecting text and can be easily matted out, else very good. [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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