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Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919) to [George] Gray

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05750 Author/Creator: Roosevelt, Theodore (1858-1919) Place Written: Sagamore Hill, New York Type: Typed letter signed Date: 25 September 1911 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: An extraordinary and lengthy letter, full of observations about people he met, especially the crowned heads of Europe. Labeled on page 1 "For nobody's eyes but yours." Written while acting as special ambassador for the United States for King Edward VII's funeral. Considerable discussion of his Guildhall Speech (see GLC 5798). Gives his opinions on British affairs in Africa, the Arch-duke Ferdinand and other European leaders, anarchists vs ultra-clerics etc. Includes an extraordinary report of conversations(s) with the King of Spain (re: Spanish-American War), encounters with a petty Kaiser Wilhelm, and a touching interview with the Queen Mother.

People: Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.

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

Keywords/Subjects: Progressive Era, President, Global History and Civics, Foreign Affairs, Death, Africa, Anarchism, Religion, Women's History, Vice President

Sub Era: The Politics of Reform