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    Theodore Roosevelt Autograph Letter Signed "Theodore Roosevelt". Two pages front and back, 7.75" x 9.75", Washington, D.C.; July 25, 1889. The letter is addressed to Roosevelt's friend and fellow politician, Thomas Brackett Reed, and reads in full:

    "On August 5th I flee to the mountains, with the intention of harrying bear instead of postmasters; and e'er going I shall do a deed of darkness and send you a copy of my latest book; there is nothing in it that would shock the prejudices of the tenderest agnostic. The enclosed slip shows that my young Irish friend from St. Paul is still doing battle on your behalf. I shall see Governor Merriam on my way west and stir him up again. There was a Minnesota congressman in here the other day; but as his object was to execute a phrensied [sic] war dance on my (not altogether unrescitant [sic]) carcass and announce the following repeal of the civil service law, I doubted if I would do you good with him by announcing myself as one of your supporters - in fact I think the strongest card I could have played for you would have been to have championed McKinley. Well, I've had pretty good fun out of this at any rate, and have galvanized the august but moribund body I joined."

    Theodore Roosevelt was an ardent outdoorsman and wrote various works on the American West, after a brief stint as a rancher in Montana. The first two volumes of The Winning of the West were published in 1889, Volume III was released in 1894, Volume IV in 1896. He also was instrumental in conservation efforts and the establishment of the National Park Service. Thomas Brackett Reed (1839-1902) was a Republican member of Congress from Maine who ran against William McKinley in 1889 for Speaker of the House. Roosevelt's support and influence aided Reed in winning the election, in what turned out to be a very tight race.

    Condition: Usual mail folds, with uneven light toning. Areas of sunning and or moderate toning on front. Signature is very bold. Overall very good.


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