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Lot 9: Theodore Roosevelt Moving Signed Letter
Rare Autograph, Manuscripts & Book & Aviation Auction
27 October 2016
Miami, FL, USA
father whose son’s career of brilliant promise has been cut short
TLS as president, one page, 7 x 8.75, White House letterhead, January 22, 1906. Letter to Lieutenant Commander A. L. Key., in full: “Will you present to Colonel Avery my thanks and regards for his kindness in sending me the volume, which of course I appreciate even more than I in any event should because I know so well what it means to the father whose son’s career of brilliant promise has been cut short. I anticipate reading it.” In very good to fine condition, with rusty paper clip mark to upper left corner, and scattered foxing primarily to margins. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope and the aforesaid volume, Idle Comments by Isaac Erwin Avery. Also accompanied by correspondence between the recipient, the father of the author, A. C. Avery, and a North Carolinian businessman named Julian Carr. As the city editor for the Charlotte Observer, Isaac Erwin Avery earned considerable publicity for his Monday morning editorials, Variety of Idle Comments, for which the included book chronicles. What Makes this letter incredibly moving is it is about the loss of Colonel Avery' son at the age of thirty-three, Roosevelt refers to the "cut short". 10 years later Roosevelt's youngest son son died during a air fight in World War 1, when Quentin a fighter pilot was shot down by a German Fokker Plane over France.
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