Nov 20, 2014 - Sale 2367

Sale 2367 - Lot 203

Price Realized: $ 1,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
HOPING TO RAISE A DIVISION TO FIGHT IN THE GREAT WAR ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Brief Typed Letter Signed, "T. Roosevelt," with 7 holograph emendations, to Douglas W. Johnson: "I think that plan is capital, and I only hope I shall be able to have it put through, in the event of my being permitted to raise a division." 1 page, oblong 8vo, "Metropolitan" stationery; vertical folds. (TFC) New York, 1 May 1917

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Even before the US entered the war in May of 1917, Roosevelt began to organize officers to recruit a division of volunteer infantry to fight for the Allies, but when he wrote to President Wilson for permission on the 18th of May, the negative reply forced Roosevelt to abandon his efforts.