May 05, 2016 - Sale 2413

Sale 2413 - Lot 184

Price Realized: $ 1,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
AP FALSELY REPORTS THAT ROOSEVELT NOMINATES TAFT FOR PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Typed Letter Signed, to editor of the Philadelphia North American Edwin A. Van Valkenburg ("Dear Mr Van Valkenburg"), stating that the Associate Press news service has fabricated his endorsement of Taft and suppressed other news about him, noting that he does not object to the latter, but strenuously objects to the former. 1 1/2 pages, 4to, "The Outlook" stationery, written on two sheets; small ink stain in left margin of first page, minor creases at upper left corners, horizontal folds. (TFC) New York, 14 June 1911

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". . . [I]t was outrageous for the Associated Press to fake that statement that I had notified the President that I favored his re-nomination in 1912. . . . [T]he White House emphatically denied that they gave out the statement . . .
". . . I particularly do not desire any notoriety, and I have not the slightest quarrel with the Associate Press for suppressing the news about me. On the contrary, I am glad. But I very seriously object to their faking news, and attributing to me statements which I never made, and deeds which I never did."
with--Typed letter from Van Valkenburg to Roosevelt, retained carbon copy, explaining the circumstances surrounding the publication and retraction--in The North American--of an Associated Press story in which Roosevelt is alleged to have endorsed the nomination of Taft. 5 pages, 4to. Np, 5 March 1911.
Although Roosevelt had encouraged Taft to run for president in 1908, the outlooks of the two men increasingly diverged in subsequent years. When the Republican Party nominated Taft rather than Roosevelt to be its presidential candidate in the 1912 election, Roosevelt left the Republicans to form the Bull Moose Party.
Published in Letters of Theodore Roosevelt, ed. Morison, vol. 7.