WILLIAM HENRY ROBERTSON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/18/1899 - HFSID 18266
WILLIAM HENRY ROBERTSON He signs an autograph letter (1899) explaining that some sensitive State Department papers of his were placed in the wrong box at the Metropolitan Club, and now the most important ones are missing! Autograph Letter signed: "W. Henry Robertson", 2 pages (front and verso), 5x8.
Sale Price $180.00
WILLIAM HENRY ROBERTSON
He signs an autograph letter (1899) explaining that some sensitive State Department papers of his were placed in the wrong box at the Metropolitan Club, and now the most important ones are missing!
Autograph Letter signed: "W. Henry Robertson", 2 pages (front and verso), 5x8. Metropolitan Club, Washington, D.C., 1899 January 18. To "My Dear Bob", in full: "Please pardon me for troubling you again with my little matter. The papers from the Dept. were put in the wrong box at the Club, and I was delayed in receiving them. I find that the three most important ones are missing, viz.: my own letter to the Dept. setting forth the facts of the case and the letters from both Burke & Leonard, approving my course throughout and attesting my statements. Can I not also get these three documents back or at least copies of them? They are very important to me and cannot be of any use to the Dept. If it be necessary, I will come over & make the copies myself, but I would like to avoid this if possible, as I am not only rather under the weather, but am as busy as I can be trying to get away to N. Jersey. I trust I am not giving you too much trouble in all this, and, as before, I shall greatly appreciate your assistance. Very sincerely yours". William Henry Robertson (b. 1863) was a US diplomat who served as US Consul in Manchester, England; Hamburg, Germany; and Buenos Aires, Argentina. He wrote several manuals to guide American businessmen operating abroad, including a treatise on the bankruptcy laws of Argentina (1929). Press reports from April 1898, only months before this letter was written, state that Robertson had been tasked to investigate claims of American citizens named Fischer and Jaeger to ownership of estates in Germany; and reported back that German officials regarded these claims as fictitious. This may have been the issue on which Robertson was so eager to defend his actions and statements. The Metropolitan Club of Washington, is a private club with an elite membership, established in 1863. Two filing holes at top - affecting body on page 2. Tape and adhesive residue from previous mounting. One horizontal mailing fold. Lightly soiled and toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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