Mar 22, 2018 - Sale 2470

Sale 2470 - Lot 98

Price Realized: $ 688
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
WOOD, LEONARD. Archive of 11 Typed Letters Signed, to Mr. or Mrs. John Hays Hammond, mostly declining meetings or thanking for messages, but some commentary on war preparedness or presidential campaigns. Together 11 pages, 4to or 8vo; most mounted at corners to larger sheet. Vp, 1913-20

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8 January 1915: ". . . I don't believe there has ever been a time in the history of the country when it was more desirable for intelligent people to turn their attention to national preparedness, for we are, from a military standpoint, almost wholly unprepared, both as regards trained men and material . . . ."
10 October 1918: ". . . I was sorry to be relieved from the Board. I have no doubt that this was done with a view to my having as few reasons as possible for coming east. . . . I was familiar with all of it from beginning to end."
". . . Your advice to your Hoover friends is splendid. How do you think the campaign in California will work out? There is, of course, much local opposition to Johnson; but I imagine he has the machine pretty well in hand."
12 August 1920: ". . . I have made a strong endorsement of Harding, but cannot take any active part in the campaign because of War Department orders.
"I appreciate . . . what you did during those last days. As we look back at it we realize the underground and dishonest method by which the nomination was stolen. However, . . . all we can do now is our best for the country . . . . Between us, it is going to be a very hard job. Many who were strong for the party are now inclined to turn to Roosevelt and Cox. . . . ."
Leonard Wood (1860-1927) assisted Theodore Roosevelt in organizing the "Rough Riders" and commanding one of its units, and served as governor-general for both Cuba, 1899-1902, and the Philippines, 1921-27.