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Item 41 - Theodore Roosevelt Catalog 585 (Jun 2020)

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TLS signed "T. Roosevelt," one page, 6.5 x 7.5, The Outlook letterhead, June 10, 1913. Letter to George Haas. In full: "I must send you just one line to say how pleased I was to get your letter. Naturally I am gratified at the outcome of the libel suit." In very good to fine condition, with scattered light creasing, and pin holes and a paperclip impression to top left.

This letter refers to a successful libel lawsuit that Roosevelt had filed against George Newett, who in a mean-spirited editorial in a Michigan newspaper referred to the former president as a drunkard. 'Roosevelt lies, and curses in a most disgusting way, he gets drunk too, and that not infrequently, and all of his intimates know about it,' wrote Newett. Roosevelt, running for the presidency at the time as a member of the Bull Moose Party, had earlier made a vow to challenge any newspaper that accused him of being intoxicated to prove it in court. After a cavalcade of defense witnesses, Newett admitted he was wrong. TR was satisfied with the verdict that upheld his reputation, and accepted a monetary reward in the amount of six cents—an amount he later said was 'enough to buy a good newspaper.' An outstanding first-person reference to one of the early 20th century's most important libel suits.

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