Lot 117A: Uncommon First Lady Edith Roosevelt Autograph Letter on White House Stationery
Presidential Letters, Free Franks & Speeches: Washington to Bush + Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts
26 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Uncommon Autograph Letter as First Lady on White House Stationery********** ROOSEVELT, EDITH K. (1861-1948). First Lady and second wife of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States. ALS. (“E.”). 3¼pp. Small 8vo. Washington, D.C., Sunday evening (N.d.). On silver engraved White House letterhead to CHRISTINE GRIFFIN KEAN ROOSEVELT, wife of Theodore Roosevelt’s cousin and advisor William Emlen Roosevelt. ********** “Jack came back from the island with a bad cut in his hand. I could not get your family on the telephone to inquire who was their Doctor so Mr Yarrow came & bound it up. He says that it is an antiseptic dressing & if he had charge of the case he would not touch it for four of five days. There are three stitches & Mr Yarrow told us that it had just escaped an Artery, which would naturally have been very serious. He also said that the bruise on the bone might prove troublesome. I tell you exactly what he said & he is considered a good man. He is the Lodges’ Doctor. I am so dreadfully sorry that such a thing happened while Jack was in a measure under my care. He was just as courageous as you would wish him to be & never winced when those dreadful stitches went in. Please send me word how he gets on for I shall be anxious to hear – …”********** Friends since childhood, Theodore and Edith were married in 1886, a year after the death of TR’s first wife. Edith served as First Lady during her husband’s two terms as president, from 1901 to 1909, and was known as a dignified hostess. She threw her support to Herbert Hoover in the presidential race against her husband’s nephew, Franklin D. Roosevelt, because she disapproved of Eleanor, TR’s niece. ********** Emlen Roosevelt was a banker with his father’s firm, Roosevelt & Son, and sat on the board of many prominent financial institutions. He was very close to his cousin Theodore and acted as his financial advisor, even during the White House years. Emlen’s wife Christine was a descendant of prominent Dutch settlers and a member of New York society. Together they had five children including John Kean Roosevelt (1889-1974). ********** Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924) was a Republican congressman and Roosevelt’s close friend and unofficial advisor, known for his opinions on foreign policy, including his advocacy of American intervention in Cuba and World War I. ********** Folded once horizontally and in excellent condition.