Lot 52: TLS, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, uncommon United States Civil Service Commission letterhead, December 20, 1889. Letter to R. M. Johnson, in full: "Next week I shall be in New York and shall call on you to talk about going to Chicago and give you the little interview you wish. I suppose you would rather like to have it short," with Roosevelt underlining the last word. In fine condition, with three horizontal folds (one passing immediately below the signature), slight toning to edges, and a trivial ding to bottom edge. Appointed to the US Civil Service Commission in 1888, Roosevelt spent seven years in the agency, enthusiastically working to ensure that government employees were selected based on merit rather than personal relationships.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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