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Auction archive: Lot number 149

ROOSEVELT, THEODORE, President . Typed letter signed ("Theodore Roosevelt") as President to Henry Reuterdahl, the naval painter and illustrator of Swedish descent, Oyster Bay, New York, 8 August 1908. 2 pages, 4to, 220 1/2 x 180mm. (8 3/4 x 7 1/2 in....

Auction 09.12.1994
9 Dec 1994
Estimate
US$3,000 - US$5,000
Price realised:
US$4,600
Auction archive: Lot number 149

ROOSEVELT, THEODORE, President . Typed letter signed ("Theodore Roosevelt") as President to Henry Reuterdahl, the naval painter and illustrator of Swedish descent, Oyster Bay, New York, 8 August 1908. 2 pages, 4to, 220 1/2 x 180mm. (8 3/4 x 7 1/2 in....

Auction 09.12.1994
9 Dec 1994
Estimate
US$3,000 - US$5,000
Price realised:
US$4,600
Beschreibung:

ROOSEVELT, THEODORE, President . Typed letter signed ("Theodore Roosevelt") as President to Henry Reuterdahl the naval painter and illustrator of Swedish descent, Oyster Bay, New York, 8 August 1908. 2 pages, 4to, 220 1/2 x 180mm. (8 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.), integral blank, on White House stationery with original envelope, with approximately 7 words added by Roosevelt in ink on the second page. (2) THE PRESIDENT VS. THE PRESS: ROOSEVELT ASSAILS AN EDITOR WHO "IS WILLING TO DO ANY DAMAGE IN HIS POWER TO THE NATION" A brief but remarkably vehement letter in which Roosevelt forcefully expresses his negative opinions of three tabloids and their editors who apparently have written disparaging articles concerning the United States Navy. Roosevelt was extremely interested in the navy; his first published book, The Naval War of 1812 , dealt with the U.S. Navy, he was Assistant Secretary of Navy from 1897 until 1898 and he continually supported the expansion of the navy during his lifetime. "I am interested in what you tell me of the attitude of the Sun, Herald and Post toward the navy, and the reasons therefor [ sic ]. You are quite right about the Sun. Mr. [William MacKay] Laffan is willing to do any damage in his power to the nation, at home or abroad, and therefore of course to a part of the nation like the navy, if by doing so he can gratify his spite against me; and as he is an untruthful man, his paper is naturally also untruthful and dishonest. As regards the Herald, its chief feature is, I think, its utter inanity. It is always difficult for me to believe that any human being can go to the Herald for guidance in any matter. The Evening Post is as untruthful and dishonest as the Sun. I regard Mr. [Henry] Villard and Mr. Ogden as being influenced partly by physical cowardice in their attitude toward the navy, partly by a foolish and malevolent doctrinaire spirit, and partly by antipathy to me. Your description of how the Post doctored your interview is characteristic of their dishonesty of attitude..."

Auction archive: Lot number 149
Auction:
Datum:
9 Dec 1994
Auction house:
Christie's
New York, Park Avenue
Beschreibung:

ROOSEVELT, THEODORE, President . Typed letter signed ("Theodore Roosevelt") as President to Henry Reuterdahl the naval painter and illustrator of Swedish descent, Oyster Bay, New York, 8 August 1908. 2 pages, 4to, 220 1/2 x 180mm. (8 3/4 x 7 1/2 in.), integral blank, on White House stationery with original envelope, with approximately 7 words added by Roosevelt in ink on the second page. (2) THE PRESIDENT VS. THE PRESS: ROOSEVELT ASSAILS AN EDITOR WHO "IS WILLING TO DO ANY DAMAGE IN HIS POWER TO THE NATION" A brief but remarkably vehement letter in which Roosevelt forcefully expresses his negative opinions of three tabloids and their editors who apparently have written disparaging articles concerning the United States Navy. Roosevelt was extremely interested in the navy; his first published book, The Naval War of 1812 , dealt with the U.S. Navy, he was Assistant Secretary of Navy from 1897 until 1898 and he continually supported the expansion of the navy during his lifetime. "I am interested in what you tell me of the attitude of the Sun, Herald and Post toward the navy, and the reasons therefor [ sic ]. You are quite right about the Sun. Mr. [William MacKay] Laffan is willing to do any damage in his power to the nation, at home or abroad, and therefore of course to a part of the nation like the navy, if by doing so he can gratify his spite against me; and as he is an untruthful man, his paper is naturally also untruthful and dishonest. As regards the Herald, its chief feature is, I think, its utter inanity. It is always difficult for me to believe that any human being can go to the Herald for guidance in any matter. The Evening Post is as untruthful and dishonest as the Sun. I regard Mr. [Henry] Villard and Mr. Ogden as being influenced partly by physical cowardice in their attitude toward the navy, partly by a foolish and malevolent doctrinaire spirit, and partly by antipathy to me. Your description of how the Post doctored your interview is characteristic of their dishonesty of attitude..."

Auction archive: Lot number 149
Auction:
Datum:
9 Dec 1994
Auction house:
Christie's
New York, Park Avenue
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