Lot 513: Two letters accusing Secretary of War Elihu Root of lying about Leonard Wood's gallantry at the Battle of San Juan Hill: an ALS signed "Fitz Lee," one page, 8 x 10, February 13, 1904, in part: "It was told too that after Root testified that Wood behaved so gallantly at 'Bloody Run' an officer told him Wood was not there-that he (this officer) was not in the fight, but that he was with Wood or knew where he was every hour during that day"; and a TLS signed "James H. Wilson," one page, 8 x 10.5, personal letterhead, February 17, 1904, in part: "I am not at all surprised that Root lied when he gave his favorable testimony in behalf of Wood's alleged gallant behavior at the 'Bloody Ford.' I would not put it past him to lie on any occasion in behalf of a client." Blue ink transfer to the lower left corners of both (apparently from a different letter), rusty staple marks to top edge, and some toning and creasing, otherwise overall fine condition.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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