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#125 - Theodore Roosevelt

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"The platform of the Progressive Party represents the effort to apply the principles of Abraham Lincoln to the issues of the present day"
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Partial TLS, two pages, 7.75 x 3.5 and 7 x 9.5, no date but circa 1913. In full: "I earnestly hope that the citizens of the Third District of Maine will send Mr. Lawrence to Congress on a straight Progressive platform. There is at time much talk of 'amalgamation' with the Progressives. There is just one way by which the members of either of the old parties can amalgamate with the Progressives, and that is by taking the Progressive platform in its entirety and be retiring from leadership the old-type bosses, the Penroses and Murphies and the like. In your own State I firmly believe that the great majority of the voters are Progressive. I earnestly hope that this majority will no longer be lead by the fetishism of party names into standing behind party organizations which no longer mean anything. The old parties are really combined. They have co-operated against the regulation of big corporations, and are persistently playing into the hands of each other in fooling the farmers and refusing to do anything permanent or rational for their good. The platform of the Progressive Party represents the effort to apply the principles of Abraham Lincoln to the issues of the present day. Moreover it is not only true that we alone among the great parties have a platform in which we sincerely believe. Our opponents make no attempt whatever to live up to their respective platforms. They repudiate them without a thought. We treat our platform as a pledge honorably binding us just as a promise binds a private man." Roosevelt makes several handwritten ink corrections to the text, with an unknown hand adding further notations and the date in pencil, "New York, Aug 28, 1913." In very good condition, with trimmed edges, and overall light staining and soiling.

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