GEORGE B. CORTELYOU - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 02/12/1902 - HFSID 320464
Sale Price $378.00
GEORGE B. CORTELYOUWriting as Theodore Roosevelt's personal secretary, he thanks Bishop Doane of Albany for the kind message regarding the President's son, Theodore III, who fell ill in the winter of 1902 Typed Letter signed: "Geo. B. Cortelyou" as Secretary to the President, 1p, 4½x7¾. On official White House letterhead. No place, 1902 February 12. To "Dear Bishop Doane". In full: "The President and Mrs. Roosevelt are very much touched by your kind message and ask me to write and tell you how keenly they appreciate it. Young Theodore passed a good night and seems to be distinctly improved this morning. If these conditions continue for the next forty-eight hours the doctors believe he will pull through all right. Assuring you of the President's and Mrs. Roosevelt's most cordial regards, believe me, Sincerely yours". After President William McKinley's assassination in 1901, George Bruce Cortelyou (1862-1930), who had previously been a stenographer to President Grover Cleveland, continued as President Roosevelt's Secretary until 1903. Roosevelt was impressed with his expertise in handling the 1902 coal strike negotiations and appointed him as the first Secretary of Commerce and Labor (1903-1904). Cortelyou also served as Postmaster General (1905-1907) and Secretary of the Treasury (1907-1909) under Roosevelt before leaving government service to become President of the New York Consolidated Gas Company. Normal mailing folds. Creased and folded along left edge, with small tears. Lightly toned. Adhesive residue on verso. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.
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