"MEN JOINED THE ENGINEERS CORPS . . . [TO] HAVE THE EASIER AND SAFER JOB" ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Typed Letter Signed, with a few holograph corrections, vehemently disavowing a remark attributed to him which slighted the Engineers Corps. 1 page, 4to, "Metropolitan" stationery; evenly toned, complete separation at horizontal fold, signature light (but very legible). (TFC) New York, 11 December 1917
"You say that . . . it was reported that I had said 'that the only reason the men joined the Engineers Corps was so that they would have the easier and safer job, than if they had to fight in the trenches.' "I wonder why the good people who are concerned over such a wicked and baseless slander should forget that one of my four sons is in the Engineers Corps. . . . I never made any such remark and to assert that I did is a wicked and infamous falsehood without a particle of truth. . . ."
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