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Item 29 - Theodore Roosevelt Catalog 576 (Feb 2020)

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TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, Metropolitan letterhead, May 1, 1917. Letter to G. B. Daniels of the Oakland Enquirer, in part: "There has been a persistent attempt, I am sorry to say, instigated by men at Washington, who were influenced by political reasons, to escape permitting me to help raise a force to go to Europe at the earliest possible moment. One of the methods employed has been to try to make believe that this was antagonistic to the principles of universal service. I thank you for the letter in which you so clearly show what the facts are." In very good to fine condition, with light toning to the left side of the letter, and pin holes to the upper left corner. Accompanied by Daniels's retained carbon copy of his letter to Roosevelt from a week earlier.

In March 1917, Congress gave Roosevelt the authority to raise four divisions similar to the Rough Riders, and Major Frederick Russell Burnham was put in charge of both the general organization and recruitment. However, President Wilson announced to the press that he would not send Roosevelt and his volunteers to France, and instead would send an American Expeditionary Force under the command of General John J. Pershing. Roosevelt never forgave Wilson, and quickly published The Foes of Our Own Household, an indictment of the sitting president.

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