Nov 20, 2014 - Sale 2367

Sale 2367 - Lot 184

Price Realized: $ 845
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 700 - $ 1,000
WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE A TAMMANY TIGER OR A TEDDY BEAR? ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Typed Letter Signed, as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, to William Sturgis Bigelow ("Dear Bigelow"), expressing the excitement caused by a "Tammany Tiger" [statue or doll?] which he added to his household furniture, predicting that the smile on the tiger's face would grow until [Republican U.S. Senator Thomas] Platt sees the light, and blaming the Republican factionalism on Platt's followers. 1 1/4 pages, square 8vo, written on the first and third pages of a folded sheet, "Navy Department" stationery; smudging to text of first page (but still legible). (TFC) Washington, 16 November 1897

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"The advent of the Tammany Tiger caused great excitement at the office, and an equal amount at home. Yes, the smile is on the face of the tiger; and unless Mr. Platt sees a great light it will continue to grow broader and broader for some years to come. Of course there is blame on both sides in the faction fight among the New York republicans; but overwhelmingly the greater share belongs to the Platt people.
"We promptly utilized the Tiger as an addition to our household furniture. . . ."