Newly Sworn-in Theodore Roosevelt Expresses Foreboding: a Heavy and Painful Task Has Fallen Upon Him

September 14, 1901

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Newly Sworn-in Theodore Roosevelt Expresses Foreboding: a Heavy and Painful Task Has Fallen Upon Him
Typed Letter Signed
1 page | SMC 1541

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      This dramatic letter, written so soon after Theodore Roosevelt’s sudden accession to the presidency that it is on stationery from President McKinley's traveling cache, expresses the just sworn-in president’s stunning realization that a terrible burden has fallen upon him. “I have about as heavy and painful a task put upon me,” he tells his old friend “Winty” Chanler, “as can fall to the lot of any man in a civilized country.”


      Typed Letter Signed, as President, 1 page, octavo, on Executive Mansion letterhead but datelined Buffalo, New York, September 14, 1901. To Winthrop Chanler in Newport, Rhode Island. With typed transmittal envelope bearing 1901 Pan American Exposition cancellation.
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