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Theodore Roosevelt recommends an old family friend to work as a spy for Ralph Henry Van Deman, considered \"The Father of American Military Intelligence\"
Autograph Letter Signed, \"Theodore Roosevelt,\" 3 pages, 5.5\" x 7.5\", on Sagamore Hill letterhead, [Oyster Bay, New York], August 12, 1917, to Ralph Henry Van Deman (1865?"1952), recommending an old family friend to join the intelligence service soon after the U.S. entered the First World War. Usual folds, some minor contemporary ink smudges, else fine condition overall. Roosevelt writes, in full: \"I know Roger Nians[?] well; I am an old family friend; I vouch for him unhesitatingly. He is of Princeton, \'13. If I had been allowed to raise a division he would have had a commission under me, probably as interpreter or intelligence officer. I am very glad to learn that he is to be in the political branch of the intelligence service. Now, I feel that it would be of great benefit to him to have at least a month\'s training in Fort Meyer or some similar camp. He applied three times for Plattsburg and was turned down for underweight, but underweight is of no consequence for
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