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#38 - Theodore Roosevelt Estimate: $500+

President Roosevelt on his eldest son—"I am very proud of him. I have an unlimited belief in him"

Exceptional TLS as president signed “T. R.,” two pages, 8 x 10.5, White House letterhead, October 31, 1906. Letter to his younger sister Corinne Roosevelt Robinson, in full: "Thank Ted for writing me about the Welling matter; and I thank you, too. The trouble with Welling is that he lives up to the nickname he earned in college of being an eighteen-inch calf from head to foot. I did not know exactly what to do when I wrote, and would not have written at all if it had not been that I have a peculiar feeling about Ted. He has all the qualities which when I was his age I would like to have had and did not have. He has the capacity for physical prowess which I think so important; and yet he does not allow his delight in the exercise of physical prowess to lead him to neglect what is even more important, his business and his serious work. Ted is the oldest of our boys. I am very proud of him. I have an unlimited belief in him, and I feel that both for what he himself does and for the example he sets he has possibilities of usefulness in his career almost as great as those which Father showed he possest. But do not, for Heaven's sake, let Ted imagine that I attributed the slightest weight to Welling's complaint. I wrote on the off chance, just as I would have written under similar circumstances to my Ted. From the latter scamp, by the way, I have not gotten a scrap of information since he came back to the White House like a homing pigeon, as the result of his Boston scrape; in which by the way I really do not think he was in any way to blame, but which, I suppose, will surely have some damaging effect upon him in college. He was too funny when he got here, and most frankly explained his intense appreciation of home as a very, very nice haven when one was in difficulties. He was here three days, and he would not leave the White House grounds or associate with any human being except his own family. He would not even play tennis, except with me and my friends; and when he was not with me stuck close by his mother and Ethel. The beautiful Longfellow has just come and you could not have given me a present I would have liked more. I have been handling and looking into each volume just for the sake of feeling the covers and looking at the type. I have never had a good Longfellow, and I have wanted one very much, It was the very present I wisht for. I look forward so to seeing you when I come back from Panama. I have had a great many worrying things. But are you not coming to join us on election day? I so want to see you." Roosevelt makes a couple corrections to the text in his own hand. In fine condition, with some light creases.

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