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ROOSEVELT, THEODORE A remarkable six-page letter from Roosevelt, with associated archive, regarding the "Bull Moose" Party.

Catalogue: Selections from the Private Collection of Barbara and Ira Lipman
ROOSEVELT, THEODORE  A remarkable six-page letter from Roosevelt, with associated archive, regarding the "Bull Moose" Party.

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Lot 110
ROOSEVELT, THEODORE A remarkable six-page letter from Roosevelt, with associated archive, regarding the "Bull Moose" Party.
An archive of 10 letters, 5 from Roosevelt, the balance described below, all written to Paul A. Ewert, a Progressive Party organizer in Missouri. The archive held in a gilt lettered red morocco folder, the whole housed in a red morocco backed folding case. The sheets of the main Roosevelt letter 10 x 8 inches (24 x 20 cm), others smaller, a few original mailing envelopes present as are a few carbon copies of Ewert's sent letters. Usual folds and light thumbsoiling, the main Roosevelt letter with a few stray stains and a short split to a fold on the first page touching some manuscript, usual handling wear but well preserved overall and now finely presented.

The archive comprising:
ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Typed letter signed to Paul Ewert. New York: 5 July 1912. A six page typed letter signed in full on six sheets of The Outlook stationery, with many corrections and amendments in Roosevelt's hand. He opens discussing the chief participants in the Republican Convention mentioning President Taft, Governor Hadley, Senators Cummins and LaFollette and the Washington, California and Texas delegations. The most entertaining part of the letter is a long defense of his drinking habits, with mention of mint juleps, brandy milk-punches, and the occasional glass of champagne ("I never drink beer; I never touch whiskey; I have never drunk a highball or cocktail in my life.") Roosevelt defends himself vigorously here and adds in manuscript "I have never been in the slightest degree under the influence of liquor." He closes thanking Ewert for his commitment, comparing those surrounding him now to the men he allowed to join his Rough Riders regiment, offering "even in a forlorn hope it does not do to make your soldiers think that their commander won't lead them to victory - although there are occasions when it is his highest duty to fight no matter how great the risk of defeat."

JOHNSON, HIRAM (Governor of California). Typed letter signed to Paul A. Ewert. Sacramento: 10 July 1912. A four page typed letter signed on Executive Office stationery. The letter addressing Ewert's inquiry, likely the same as that posed to Roosevelt: "you ask whether Governor Hadley of your State, was tendered the Republican nomination, with the understanding that the roll would be first purged, and whether Colonel Roosevelt refused to assent... I do know that from the inception of the contest Col. Roosevelt maintained an uncompromising and consistent attitude that he would not accept a nomination from that Convention, unless the roll was purged, and that after stealing a large block of delegates he would not be placated by a return of a portion of the stolen goods."

HADLEY, HERBERT (Governor of Missouri). Typed letter signed to Paul A. Ewert. Joplin: 6 July 1912. One page typed letter signed in pencil on Executive Offices stationery, the letter stating that "Colonel Roosevelt [and others] recently gave interviews to the effect that the Taft leaders had offered to purge the roll of the Washington Taft delegates if Roosevelt would agree upon the nomination of myself..."

ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Typed letter signed to Paul A. Ewert. New York: 11 November 1912. One page on The Outlook stationery, telling Ewart "I quite agree with you. We must organize now and get together. We must try to get newspapers: but, my dear fellow, all that means money..."

ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Typed letter signed to Paul A. Ewert. Oyster Bay: 20 August 1915. One page signed letter on a small square sheet: "I agree with you entirely in what you say as to prohibition and the Progressive party. I think it quite on the cards that we shall have to make a fight next year; and what is more, it is possible that we should make a winning fight."

ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Typed letter signed to Paul A. Ewert. Oyster Bay: 15 April 1916. A short note offering to take up an issue.

PERKINS, GEORGE (Progressive National Committee Executive Director). Typed letter signed to Paul A. Ewart. New York: 17 April 1916. One page, offering "Col. Roosevelt has sent me your letter ... Of course, I was aware of the action that was taken in Missouri..."

ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Typed letter. New York: 17 April 1918. A short note on Roosevelt's Kansas City Star stationery, possibly signed secretarially, a note of thanks to Ewert.

HARDING, WARREN G. Typed letter signed to Paul A. Ewert. Washington: 19 July 1920. One page note signed on Senate stationery, thanking Ewert for his role in his present campaign.

JOHNSON, HIRAM. Typed letter signed to Paul A. Ewert. Washington: 19 April 1924. One page letter signed on Senate stationery, discussing his present campaign.

A fascinating look into the foundation of Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive "Bull Moose" Party.


C Private Collection of Barbara and Ira Lipman

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000
Sold for $15,120 (includes buyer's premium)

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