TLS signed "T. Roosevelt," one page, 7.25 x 8.5, Navy Department letterhead, April 5, 1898. A brief letter of thanks to James Eglington Montgomery, a Civil War veteran and former secretary to Admiral David Farragut following the war. In full: "Many thanks for your patriotic letter. In the event of hostilities I will give it careful consideration. I thank you for your kind words about myself." In very good to fine condition, with toning along the left edge, and creasing to the right side. Impressively suede-matted and framed with an image of Roosevelt and a small informational plaque to an overall size of 26.25 x 23. In April of 1898, the US entered into war with Spain, and assigned a wildly supportive Roosevelt to lead an eclectic and rugged group of volunteer cavalry from the Southwest Territories; this group would later become known as the legendary 'Rough Riders.' Just three months later, Roosevelt would embark on his famous charge up San Juan Hill, an act that would earn him hero status upon his return home, helping him secure the office of Governor of New York.
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