Lot 41: TLS as president, one page, 7 x 8.75, White House letterhead, May 15, 1908. Letter to Henry Sharp at the Toft Mill House in England. In part: "In a month or so I think I can answer you definitely, and if I then find I need a gun such as you propose I will gladly take advantage of your kindness to superintend its being made. It seems to me that it is exactly what I would want for my African trip, but I would like to get in the advice of such men as my friends Edward North Buxton and Selous before deciding definitely I believe it is a good thing to carry a shotgun on a trip like that, and it seems to me for lion hunting in the thick brush the proposed gun would be just right." Roosevelt makes one correction to the text and adds a phrase in his own hand. In fine condition. Henry Sharp wrote several articles and books focusing on guns in relation to game hunting, and apparently offered to oversee the development of a special gun for the famed Smithsonian–Roosevelt African Expedition in 1909–10. One of the men the president mentions in this letter, Frederick Selous, accompanied him on the expedition and helped to organize logistics. This trip to Africa was a defining moment in Roosevelt's post-presidential legacy, even resulting in his authorship of African Game Trails, a book on the subject.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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