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ROOSEVELT, THEODORE, President. Autograph letter signed ("Theodore Roosevelt") to "My dear Eilder," Oyster Bay, N.Y., 26 July 1888. 4 pages, 8vo, on TR's personal stationery, faint blue chalk notation on page 1.

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ROOSEVELT, THEODORE, President. Autograph letter signed ("Theodore Roosevelt") to "My dear Eilder," Oyster Bay, N.Y., 26 July 1888. 4 pages, 8vo, on TR's personal stationery, faint blue chalk notation on page 1.

"ON THE WHOLE...I PERSONALLY PREFER METHODISM"

Roosevelt, apparently writing to an editor, clarifies a previous statement: "On the whole I personally prefer Methodism to any other creed...According to my experience a Methodist is more apt than any one else is [to] sincerely believe and try to live up to his faith. That's all I meant. In the same paragraph you see I contrast them with the rowdies. But of course change the phrase in any way you wish -- put it 'bible-reading methodists, who fearlessly lived up to their faith' or something of the sort; or 'who lead lives of rigid morality.' Make the change in the book as well as in the magazine..."
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