7 December 2015
ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Autograph letter signed (“Theodore Roosevelt”), as New York City Police Commissioner, to Officer Rathgeber, Medore, North Dakota, 1 September 1896. 2 pages, 12mo, small closed tears at ends of creases.
“I HAVE SHOT FOUR BUCKS”
TR’s identities as Western big game hunter and New York City political patronage dispenser are nicely combined in this note to a colleague on the New York City Board of Police Commissioners. “Please write Col. Sanger & President Roberts how sorry I am that absence in the West prevents my going to the Fair. Write to Assemblyman Leonard that I have written the Board of Health on behalf of his sister, stating that she was the only applicant in whom I was interested. Write at once to President Wilson of the Health board, saying that if Miss Leonard’s name is on the eligible list for Mercantile Inspector I earnestly hope she will be appointed, as she is the only eligible in whom I am interested. Write to Barrow and Wilkinson telling them about the Civil Service examinations.” In closing he adds, “I hope you are well. I have shot four bucks.” A wonderful early TR letter.
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