15 November 2005
ROOSEVELT, Theodore. Typed manuscript, a portion of a draft address, HEAVILY CORRECTED AND REVISED IN ROOSEVELT'S HAND, n.d. [ca. October 1913]. Five pages, 4to. WITH APPROXIMATELY 400 WORDS IN TR'S HAND, in pencil and ink.
"WE ARE DEDICATED TO THIS GREAT WAR FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WHILE LIFE LASTS WE CAN AND WE WILL NOT ABANDON IT."
THEODORE ROOSEVELT REAFFIRMS HIS PROGRESSIVE FAITH A heavily revised passage of Theodroe Roosevelt's speech to a group of Progressive Party faithful in Lousiville, on the eve of his departure for a South American tour in October 1913. Still smarting from his defeat as the Progressive Party presidential candidate in 1912, Roosevelt's speech contains several passionate, handwritten declarations of his continued commitment to the Progressive cause. His language is almost religious in its fervor. In an extensive holograph passage he writes (deleted passages shown in [brackets]): "We are dedicated to this great war for righteousness and while life lasts we can and we will not abandon it. This party of ours has been quickened by the ideals of a new democracy; and the men who believe that we will ever betray these ideals or abandon the task to which we have set ourselves do not know us and cannot even guess at the faith that inspires us. The spirit which quickeneth is among us; our souls have been stirred to the depths; and I warn our opponents that the fight has only just begun. This movement will never go back; and whatever may betide in the future, of one thing the disciples of an easy opportunism may rest assured. I will never abandon [one single] the principles which we Progressives have pledged ourselves and I will never abandon the men and women who drew around me to do battle for these principles. They and I stand with our faces towards the morning; we will never [be] sundered from one another and we will never yield the ground we have taken or flinch from the fight to which we are pledged."
In another holograph adition he says: "We fight the wrong; we know that very often the wrong doer is [in no way] himself not really to blame; and then we try to get him to join with us in undoing the wrong." Another added passage, this time in fountain pen, boasts: "We have so driven our principles home that each of the old parties in place after place have been obliged to pay at least lip loyalty to them, and even to do them some homage in act, the minimum possible of course, but more than they would ever have thought of had we not been in existence." He pledges that "I would continue the fight even if I stood entirely alone."
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