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Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919) to Samuel M. Crothers

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06058 Author/Creator: Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Typed letter signed Date: 14 November 1914 Pagination: 1 p. ; 24.6 x 19.7 cm

Summary of Content: Typed in blue ink on printed personal stationery of Roosevelt, with changes in his hand. Crothers worked at Houghton Mifflin & Co. Discusses theory of "divine right" and states "with all our faults, we govern ourselves better than any one man, or group of men can govern us." He also writes, "Democracy is a form of government fit for people of high moral caliber."

Full Transcript: November 14, 1914.
My dear Mr. Crothers:
Of course, we were both of us very much pleased to receive your last essay, and, as usual, I entirely agree with what you [struck: ...say] [inserted: write Hester.]
The theory of "divine right" is not rendered less absurd if transferred from one man to a million. What is needed for the ordinary voter is plain, ordinary commonsense[inserted: .] [struck: j][inserted: J]ust as you say[inserted: ,] [inserted: d]emocracy is a form of government only fit for people [struck: in a high state] of [inserted: high] moral calibre. For such a people as ours, it is on the whole not only the best but the only possible form of government. With all our faults, we govern ourselves better than any one man, or group of men, can govern us. We submit now and then to the Murphys, Penroses, Lorimers, Barnes, and the like, but, at any rate, we can and do, on occasions, throw them out of power, with no more revolutionary instruments than our ballots.
Good luck be with you always:
Faithfully yours,
Theodore Roosevelt

Samuel McCord Crothers, Esq.,
c/o Houghton, Mifflin, & Company,
Boston, Mass.

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People: Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Crothers, Samuel McChord, 1857-1927

Historical Era: Progressive Era to New Era, 1900-1929

Subjects: PoliticsProgressive EraPresidentMorality and EthicsReligionGovernment and CivicsVice President

Sub Era: The Politics of Reform

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