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ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Archive of correspondence between him and General Secretary of the American Tract Society Dr. Judson Swift, including 15 Typed Letters Signed and two Autograph Notes Signed, "T. Roosevelt" or "Theodore Roosevelt," including three as President, on personal and political topics. Each 1 page, mostly small 4to; each hinged to larger sheet at 3-4 points along left edge recto. The album, organized chronologically with related letters from Swift or Roosevelt's secretary. 4to, gilt-lettered cloth covers bound together with string; pictorial calligraphic title-page. Vp, 1908-18
11 August 1908: ". . . Mr. Hughes [Charles Evans Hughes, who was offered nomination for Vice-Presidency with Taft] has succeeded in splitting his following. . . . [T]he bulk of the best people strongly favor him, but there is a large minority among the best people who with equal intensity oppose him. A minority of the politicians are for him, the majority are against him. . . . [If] at this moment I had to decide, . . . I should say that it is better to renominate Mr. Hughes than not to nominate him; but I am well aware that either course may be disastrous to us. But matters change like a kaleidoscope in this State in a Presidential election year, and it may be that things will complete changed . . . ." 5 October 1910: ". . . You may have noticed that in Brooklyn last night I took the opportunity of saying that I dissociate myself from the tariff plank of the Saratoga platform." 16 November 1910: ". . . What I chiefly mind about the election in New York State is that it undoubtedly tends to discredit the reform element in the Republican Party, and gives the grafters a chance to slash at this reform element." 24 July 1914: ". . . I am trying my best to recover from a jungle fever, . . . . "You see I am not seeing anyone at present that I can possibly help seeing. Unless I manage to keep myself isolated, for some weeks at least, I shall not be able to do anything this Fall. . . ." 30 July 1918, ANS: "Believe me, my dear friend, I deeply value your letter, and so does Mrs. Roosevelt. What you said of our beloved son [Quentin, who was killed in action 15 days prior to this note] is just what we feel. . . ." with--24 TLsS by Swift to Roosevelt, retained drafts; 17 TLsS by one of Roosevelt's secretaries: William Loeb, George B. Cortelyou, or B.F. Barnes, to Swift; and a brief TLS by William H. Taft, as Secretary of War, to Swift. Also with a small group of printed items relating to Roosevelt's death, including an invitation to funeral services at Christ Church on January 8, 1919.