Lot 48: TLS, one page, 8.5 x 11, Excelsior letterhead, April 2, 1910. Letter to Robert Skinner, in full: "I wish I could stop at Hamburg but it is out of the question. I cannot undertake another engagement of any kind. Not even when it is tendered by a man whom I like and respect as much as I do you." Roosevelt has added a closing exclamation point in his own hand. Partial separations to intersecting folds (two passing through portions of the signature), light creasing, and an office stamp to upper left, otherwise fine condition. Serving as American consul to Marseilles, the hub of France's colonial dealings, Robert Skinner developed a strong interest towards the African nation of Abyssinia in the late 1890s. In 1903, he convinced President Roosevelt to pursue a trade treaty, gaining the US a new ally and a resource-rich trade partner.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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