Title: Collection of 4 Autograph Letters Signed - ...
Binding: No Binding
Book Condition: Collectible-Fine
Theodore Roosevelt III (AKA Theodore Jr.) was the eldest son of President Theodore Roosevelt. He lived from 1887-1944. He was a prominent businessman and politician in his own right. He also served as an officer in both World Wars, reaching the rank of Brigadier General. These personal letters are addressed to Malcolm Johnson (1902-1958), an executive vice president at Doubleday, Doran & Co. and D. Van Nostrand Co., Inc. from 1937-1944. Roosevelt was also a vice president at Doubleday, beginning in 1935. Each letter is simply signed, "Ted". Letter 1 - pencil note dates this letter August 27, 1942. One 6 1/4 x 9 inch paper, handwritten on both sides in ink. Headquarters First Division letterhead. Fold lines, minor discoloration on top, not affecting text, otherwise excellent condition No envelope. Roosevelt was a colonel in command of the 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division at the time. In this letter, Roosevelt relates news of his family and discusses the publishing business. "I don't see why fiction does not sell more . (than) detectives and westerns . The men seem to read quite a lot when they're on ship board." He also relates that his wife Eleanor has just arrived and "I'm sure will do a good jon with the R. C." His son, Quentin, also serving in the Army, was there and "growing a very luxuriant moustache". Letter 2 - Postmarked March 7, 1943. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch paper, handwritten in pencil on both sides, on American Red Cross letterhead. Fold lines, excellent condition. No envelope. In this letter, Roosevelt congratulates Johnson on the birth of his son, and also relates the news that "Quentin was severely wounded about a week ago but seems to [be] doing well." Quentin Roosevelt II was wounded at the Battle of Kasserine Pass in February, 1943 and was a recipient of the Purple Heart, Croix de Guerre and Silver Star. Letter 3 - Pencil note dates this letter at March 12, 1944. Two 5 x 8 inch pages, handwritten in pencil on all four sides. Excellent condition. No envelope. At this point in the War, Roosevelt is involved in the plans for D-Day, but this letter is all about the publishing business. He expresses the opinion that "we should set up now individuals to write from the point of view of their nations after the war" and "It might be worthwhile to look over the O.S.S. and the G. 2 section for authors on different places - There are all kinds of odd people in those two organizations." He also believes that "most of the occupied countries will go through something verging on civil war before they square away". Letter 4 - Dated May 25, 1944. 8 x 10 1/2 inch page, lined paper. fold lines, otherwise excellent condition. Air mail envelope, addressed in Roosevelt's hand with Army Postal Service postmark. In this letter, Roosevelt expresses sympathy to Johnson for his ill health and his (Johnson's) resignation from Doubleday. Roosevelt says "Clearly what you've got to do now is to get well and you must not hurry. Nervous exhaustion is far trickier than a broken led or typhoid." Roosevelt also give Johnson some advice on occupations after he get well. He ends the letter with "I'm here for the coming battle which, God willing, may be the last in this theater". Roosevelt is referring to D-Day, in which he commanded the assault on Utah Beach. They landed a mile off course, and it was due to Roosevelt's personal command and courage that this blunder was overcome. Roosevelt died of a heart attach on July 12, 1944. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions during D-Day. Bookseller Inventory # 016754
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