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PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/07/1915 - HFSID 27630

ABOUT TREATIES HE SIGNED AS PRESIDENT: "EITHER THEY MEANT SOMETHING OR THEY DID NOT. IF THEY DID NOT MEAN SOMETHING, IT WAS SILLY TO HAVE SIGNED THEM."   THEODORE ROOSEVELT. Typed Letter Signed: "Theodore Roosevelt", 1p, 7¾x9½. Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, 1915 October 7.

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ABOUT TREATIES HE SIGNED AS PRESIDENT: "EITHER THEY MEANT SOMETHING OR THEY DID NOT. IF THEY DID NOT MEAN SOMETHING, IT WAS SILLY TO HAVE SIGNED THEM."
 
THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
Typed Letter Signed: "Theodore Roosevelt", 1p, 7¾x9½. Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York, 1915 October 7. On his imprinted letterhead to William Riis, Esq., Williamstown, Mass. Begins: "Dear Billy". In full: "If you will turn to my last article in the Metropolitan magazine, you will see the full questions from those treaties. Either they meant something or they did not. If they did not mean something, it was silly to have signed them. If they did, then of course it is impossible not to see believe that we should have acted in some fashion or other. I believe think that if you write to Dr. James Brown Scott, 2 Jackson Place, Washington, D.C., he can give you a copy of the treaties." Two words corrected in TR's hand. With original stamped, typed mailing envelope, which was not postmarked until October 22, 1915. JAMES BROWN SCOTT (1866-1943) was Solicitor of the Department of State (1906-1910) and a delegate to the Second Hague Peace Conference (1907) during Roosevelt's presidency. In 1907, with 46 nations assembled at The Hague, the United States pushed for the establishment of a world court. Discussions reached an impasse over the issue of how the judges were to be selected. The delegates adopted resolutions defining the rules of conduct in modern warfare. However, in the months following adjournment, many nations failed to ratify the resolutions and others attached so many reservations that basically made the resolutions ineffective. This may be what Roosevelt refers to as signing in this letter. The delegates did agree on the wording of a model arbitration treaty that was to be used by consenting nations. The Hague Tribunal was to settle differences among signatories, except in cases involving sovereignty, vital interests or national honor. Roosevelt had begun writing articles for "Metropolitan" magazine in 1914. He had also contributed articles and editorials to "The Outlook", and, beginning in September 1917, would write war-time editorials for the "Kansas City Star". Roosevelt had moved into Sagamore Hill, his home in Oyster Bay, in 1885. He had originally planned the home with his wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. They intended to name it "Leeholm" in honor of her family, but Alice had died in 1884, leaving the future President a widower with a young daughter. On December 2, 1886, he married Edith Kermit Carow in London. The Roosevelt's home was christened Sagamore Hill in honor of Sagamore Mohannis, an Indian chief who had used the hill as a meeting place. Lightly creased, slightly soiled. Nicked at upper blank edge. Overall, fine condition.

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