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Theodore Roosevelt Letter Regarding The Panama Canal For Sale
Theodore Roosevelt, signed letter, Feb. 19, 1904 to Benjamin Harrod, White House. Roosevelt asks Harrod to serve on the "new Isthmian Canal Commission" and notes that his "aim is to have the Commission the best and most representative of its the kind that has been appointed." The letter is on the less common "White House" stationary which TR later changed to "The White House." The blue type of the letter is significantly faded although completely legible. The brown ink signature is still very strong and dark. Letters from Roosevelt as President discussing the Canal construction are almost unobtainable. While tough to read this is a fairly historic letter. TR was very frustrated by the lack of progress in moving the Canal project forward. This was due, in part, to in-fighting and political disagreement within the existing commission. In action that would personify TR's leadership he simply disbanded one commission and appointed another more to his liking. Harrod was actually a hold-over from the first.
Please note the two scans. The first is a good representation of the letter as it is. The second was digitally darkened to allow a reading of the text. While the content is significant and has historic value the type is very badly faded. If not for the faded type this would be valued at several thousand dollars.
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Theodore Roosevelt Letter Regarding The Panama Canal: $1,111