7 December 2015
ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Typed letter signed (“Theodore Roosevelt”), as President, to General Fitzhugh Lee (1835-1905), Washington, 2 February 1905. 1 page, 4to, White House stationery.
TR ON THE HUNT FOR A ROBERT E. LEE LETTER
“I wonder,” the President writes Robert E. Lee’s nephew, Fitzhugh, “if it would be possible for you to get me an autograph letter of General Robert E. Lee, or tell me where I could get one and a goof photograph or engraving of him? I have framed letters, & photographs or pictures, of Washington, Lincoln, Jackson, Clay and Grant, and I am very anxious to get an original letter, and also a photograph, of General Lee to frame and hang in my room with the others. Do you think you could help me by telling me where I could find one?” A fascinating look at Roosevelt’s passion for collecting American historical autographs. See also John Singleton Mosby's 1908 letter to Roosevelt about a Lee letter.
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