New York: 13 March 1881.
4 pp. pen and ink on bifolium, with original envelope addressed in Roosevelt's hand, stamp torn off with some loss, Basel and New York franking stamps. 8 x 5 inches. Creased from prior folding. Item #309490
An early letter from the 22-year-old Theodore Roosevelt to his friend Harriet Douglas Robinson, congratulating her on her engagement to the Englishman Henry Bazeley Wolryche-Whitmore. Robinson was the granddaughter of Betsy Mary Douglas and James Monroe, nephew of the President of the same name. Her mother Fanny Monroe married Douglas Robinson, a distant cousin. Harriet's brother Douglas Robinson, married Roosevelt's sister Corinne in 1882.
The letter reads, in part: "I must confess that I was perfectly dumbfounded — though intensely delighted — at the news. Of course I could see that he was very much in love, and I rather thought it would be an engagement *some* time … I am too glad that we had all of us already grown to like him so much: I don't think we could have trusted our Missy in a total stranger's hands … whenever we go to England you will be, I am afraid, bored by our presence; and whenever you come over [the Atlantic] it will not only be to see Mr. & Mrs. Robinson Jr but Mr. & Mrs. Roosevelt Jr …"
A rare, early letter, predating Roosevelt's election to the New York State Assembly in November 1881. ABPC records only two letters sold at auction dated earlier than the present letter.
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