Charming Eleven Year Old Boy's Letter to Theodore Roosevelt and Roosevelt's Reply Via a Typed Letter Signed "Theodore Roosevelt". Beginning in 1918, Roosevelt's health started to decline. It was obviously his health problems that prompted eleven year old William T. Henshaw, Jr. of Martinsburg, West Virginia to write the former President a letter. Young Henshaw's two page letter measures 5" x 6.5", and is dated February 17, 1918. His letter is full of the "Bully" spirit and resplendent with WWI-era patriotism. It reads in full: "Dear Col. Roosevelt, I am just eleven years old but I wish I was old enough to help Uncle Sam in some way. I would like to be a sailor somewhere on the Atlantic. I am writing this letter to tell you how glad we are, you are well again and we hope you will stay so because daddy said it would be the greatest loss this country could have if anything happened to you..." Roosevelt responds in a one page, typed letter, 8.5" x 11", on Kansas City Star letterhead, from New York, March 1, 1918: "My Dear young Friend: I am allowed to send you only a line of thanks and acknowledgment for the very kind letter of yours. Won't you give my warm regards to your father and mother?" Roosevelt's original transmittal envelope accompanies the letter. Young Henshaw's letter has toned over time, with some splits in the fold creases. Roosevelt's letter bears the usual fold creases and has a modest stain which affects the second line of text, otherwise it is in very good condition.

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