Description: This letter, on Republican State Committee letterhead, was written on November 22, 1998, a scant two weeks after Roosevelt had been elected Governor of New York. The brief letter is addressed to "My dear Mr. Trautman," and reads: "I have arranged with Mr. Holls to arrange a meeting of the gentlemen you mention. I particularly want to see you. You may rest assured that I shall take no steps in the matter until I have had a full talk with you." Whether Roosevelt was being purposefully oblique due to the nature of "the matter" or if he was merely using shorthand between friends who were both familiar with the topic at hand is a mystery at this point. Closing the letter "Faithfully yours" in a typical manner, Roosevelt signed as "T. Roosevelt."
Ralph Trautmann, a New York lithographer and printer, was a friend and advisor of Roosevelt's. In 1900, Roosevelt appointed Trautmann a Commissioner of the Palisades Interstate Park. As President in 1903, Roosevelt appointed Trautmann to his Ellis Island Commission.
Frederick William Holls, also a longtime friend and advisor of Roosevelt's, was a lawyer and expert in international law and negotiation. Holls was a member of the New York Constitutional Convention in 1894 and Secretary of the US Delegation to the International Peace Conference at the Hague in 1899.
Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) was, of course the 26th President of the United States. Prior to that, he was Governor of New York from 1899-1900 before leaving to serve as McKinley's Vice President. Other roles held during his long and varied career included naturalist, explorer, author, soldier, and police commissioner.
Typed on a single page of Republican State Committee letterhead, measuring 11" x 8.5". Roosevelt signed his "T. Roosevelt" in black ink. Item #A00722
Condition: Fold lines and a couple of tiny stray inkspots. Generally in very good condition.