ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Autograph letter signed (''Theodore Roosevelt''), as President, to an unidentified correspondent, Washington, D. C., 21 November 1907. 1 page, 8vo, White House stationery. Matted and framed. FINE.
ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Autograph letter signed ("Theodore Roosevelt"), as President, to an unidentified correspondent, Washington, D. C., 21 November 1907. 1 page, 8vo, White House stationery. Matted and framed. FINE.
"I SHALL BE PLEASED TO HAVE MY NAME PUT ON M. RODIN'S STATUE TO LABOR AND PEACE", writes T. R. in this short note, an increasingly rare example of an autograph document by Roosevelt while in the White House. There is no record of Auguste Rodin ever having completed such a statue, but the theme of peaceful conciliation between labor and capital was a guiding theme of Roosevelt's administration. It was the animating principle of his "Square Deal" policy. Roosevelt broke with his predecessors by redefining the role of the President (and the Federal government generally) as an honest broker between warring interest groups and social classes. He sought to achieve justice for the public as a whole, and not just serve the interest of the wealthy classes. He demonstrated this commitment by his mediation in the national coal strike in 1902 and his anti-trust prosecution of monopolistic corporations. He even exercised his commitment to peace on the international level, winning the Nobel Peace prize for his 1905 mediation efforts that helped bring the Russo-Japanese war to a close. In 1903 he wrote a friend: "Now I believe in rich people who act squarely, and in labor unions which are managed with wisdom and justice; but when either employee or employer, laboring man or capitalist, goes wrong, I have to cinch him, and that is all there is to it" (Roosevelt to William Sewall, sold Christie's 2 November 2006, $12,000). Autograph letters signed by Roosevelt while in the White House have become increasingly scarce.