Mar 21, 2019 - Sale 2502

Sale 2502 - Lot 164A

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
DAYS BEFORE ELECTION, HOPING FOR RISE OF A DIFFERENT LEADER OF PROGRESSIVISM ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Typed Letter Signed, to R.E. Annin, Jr., stating that the progressive movement must continue regardless of the outcome of the election, and suggesting that the leader of progressivism ought to be someone who attracts less hostility than himself. 1 page, 4to, "The Outlook" stationery; mounted to larger board, marked marginal discoloration from prior matting, faint scattered foxing, minor smudging to signature, folds. Oyster Bay, 2 November 1912

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". . . It is just as you say. The movement must go on no matter whether we lose this time, or even next time; for it is absollutely essential that this movement should win. I know you won't misunderstand me when I say that I most fervently hope that some other leader will be developed. For nine months now I have waged as hard and exhausting a fight as any human being could wage. I do not regret it in the least . . . . But it seems to me as if I could not make up my mind to do it again. . . . I do feel that from every standpoint it would be so infinitely better if some one else could arise to carry the banner, some one who would not attract the hostility that I do."
On October 14, 1912, while on the campaign trail, Roosevelt was shot by a mentally ill saloonkeeper who claimed that William McKinley had authorized the assassination in a dream; despite the wound, Roosevelt completed his speech before accepting medical attention, continuing to live until 1919.