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Description: In this typed letter signed, Roosevelt displays his decisive and opinionated self. The letter’s recipient is Naval Captain Francis J. Higginson, who at the time was Commanding Officer of the battleship USS Massachusetts. Higginson had fought in the Civil War and a few months after this letter was written he would serve in the Spanish-American War, be promoted to Commodore and ultimately Rear Admiral.

Roosevelt states in full: “I think I can assure you that neither Mr. Bandeecha nor any other clerk who does his duty will be turned out. Certainly it will not be done while I have any say about it; and I know that this is the policy of the Secretary of the Navy. We will reinstate any honest man; but we will only reinstate him when there is a vacancy, and we will not commit any wrong by turning a faithful and competent servant out.”

Written on a 6 3/4″ x 5 3/8″ sheet of Navy Dept. imprinted stationery. Item #A01389

Condition: Mailing fold line with light offsetting, a light spot in blank area, generally very good condition.