Mar 19, 2015 - Sale 2376

Sale 2376 - Lot 135

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
"THERE MUST NOT BE ANY FURTHER INTERFERENCE WITH [BUILDING PANAMA CANAL]" ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Typed Letter Signed, as President, with two holograph corrections, to Representative James A. Tawney, objecting energetically to the proposal to interview in Washington Panama Canal Chief Engineer John Frank Stevens, and explaining that [President of the Panama Canal Commission Theodore P.] Shonts is available for questioning concerning appropriations. 2 pages, 4to, White House stationery, written on a folded sheet; staining from prior mounting at upper center of both pages. (TFC) Washington, 24 January 1907

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'I am much concerned to hear that it is contemplated to send for Chief Engineer Stevens . . . . If there is a serious purpose to hasten forward the digging of the canal there must not be any further interference with Mr. Stevens' work . . . . [D]ragging him up from the Isthmus, questioning him and then sending him back, is in point of wisdom like the action of the small boy who plants some flowers and then picks them up every hour to look at the roots and see how they are growing. . . .'