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    Theodore Roosevelt Typewritten Letter Signed with a Holographic Postscript, one page, small quarto, 7.25" x 9", Oyster Bay, New York, July 15, 1903, on White House stationery to Mr. Eugene Philbin in New York. Marked "Personal" at the top. Roosevelt writes: "I am delighted at what you tell me as to the education of the young Filipinos in this country for service in the Philippines. . . ." While Governor of New York, Roosevelt had appointed Philbin to replace the controversial Asa Gardiner as New York district attorney in 1900. At the time this letter was written, Philbin was greatly involved in Roosevelt's efforts to reform immigration. In his 1903 State of the Union Address, Roosevelt would commend Philbin for his work: "At present some districts which need immigrants have none; and in others, where the population is already congested, immigrants come in such numbers as to depress the conditions of life for those already there. During the last two years the immigration service at New York has been greatly improved, and the corruption and inefficiency which formerly obtained there have been eradicated. This service has just been investigated by a committee of New York citizens of high standing, Messrs. Arthur V. Briesen, Lee K. Frankel, Eugene A. Philbin, Thomas W. Hynes, and Ralph Trautman. Their report deals with the whole situation at length, and concludes with certain recommendations for administrative and legislative action."

    At the end of the letter, Roosevelt adds in his own hand that "Bonaparte will write you at once on the Indian matters". Charles J. Bonaparte had been appointed by Roosevelt to the Board of Indian Commissioners the previous year with aims to investigate conditions in the Indian Territories. Roosevelt would later nominate Bonaparte to his cabinet in 1905 as secretary of the navy. Most notably, Bonaparte can be credited with establishing the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a task completed during his tenure as U.S. Attorney General. Letter has slight discoloration along folds and margin and evidence of feathering to ink; otherwise a near fine letter with important associative value. Together with a handsome chest, up engraving of Roosevelt.


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