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  • Theodore Roosevelt Letter
    quarto, two pages, typed, on the letterhead of the Metropolitan, with numerous manuscript corrections in ink by Roosevelt, signed by Roosevelt in ink. Formerly folded, else in good, clean condition. The letter was addressed to Judge Kenefick, chairman, of the Committee of Protest on Enslavement of Belgians and Poles, in Buffalo, New York.
    A vivid letter by Roosevelt on the importance of bringing American ideals to bear in international affairs and the duty of America to the world, written before American involvement in World War 1.   “My dear Judge Kenefick, I wish I could be present at the Buffalo meeting to speak on behalf of the Belgians and Poles, and against their enslavement. As that is impossible, may I, through you, express my deep sympathy with your meeting and its purpose. This nation owes it to itself to refuse to be neutral between right and wrong. Our prime duty, of course, is the duty of self-defense, the duty of protecting the honor and the interest of this country, and of guaranteeing our own people against wrong. But second only to this duty, comes the duty of making our views heard, and, if possible, our weight felt, on the side of righteousness and against iniquity in international affairs. We are false to the memory of the great Americans of the past, if we sit by with our hands folded, and fail to make an effective protest when such hideous enormities are practiced as those practiced by Germany in Belgium.  I believe that similar deeds have been done in Poland, but as regards the Belgians, and as regards the men and… more >