1930s Autograph Note - Edith Roosevelt - Dated July 4th

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Jul 20, 2009
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I acquired at auction over 300 pieces including celebrity photographs and autographs; United States presidential first lady ephemera (signed letters, photographs, etc.); historical documents (19th & 20th century) and the like. These appear to be from a collector and seller of historical signatures. Most items included background information (which, in most instances, I will include in my description). All are in clear plastic sleeves (I'm assuming acid free). The way I acquired each piece is how you will receive it. In most instances, I have scanned the document for the most accurate image.

First Lady Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt

Wife of Teddy Roosevelt

Measurements: 5 1/2 " x 8 1/2 " note. Written on a blank MENU from Mortlake Manor, Next Putnam Monument, Brooklyn, Connecticut. (In 1927, Mrs. Roosevelt purchased a large home called Mortlake Manor.) Two-sided letter. Addressed to her dear and longtime friend, Mrs. (Gertrude) Pullman Evans, 1316 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington D.C. Note completely in Mrs. Roosevelt's hand . Dated simply (but how nice!) July 4th, reads in full:

Dear Mrs. Evans

I had hoped for a little note from you in the passed spring! I do so want to see you. I shall be at Oyster Bay all the month of August. Can't you spare me a weekend. This old house was built by a several times great grandfather and I bought it some years ago, and am holiday making with grandchildren - Long Island is not country any more!

Do try to come to see us. Kermit, Ethel, Archie, & their children will be all August at Oyster Bay.

Affectionately yours,

Edith Roosevelt

What a very charming and personal letter, mentioning all of her children! Comes with the original envelope that appears to have been relieved of its free frank by Mrs. Roosevelt, but I include it nonetheless.

Letter previously folded in thirds and then in half. Overall condition is very good to excellent.

Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt (August 6, 1861 – September 30, 1948), second wife of Theodore Roosevelt, was First Lady of the United States from 1901 to 1909.

Edith Kermit Carow knew Theodore Roosevelt from infancy. As a toddler she became a playmate of his younger sister Corinne. Born in Norwich , Connecticut , daughter of Charles (1825-1883) and Gertrude Elizabeth Tyler (1836-1895) and a granddaughter of Daniel Tyler who was a general in the American Civil War; she grew up in an old New York City brownstone on Union Square -- an environment of comfort and tradition. After the death of a brother (Feb. 1860 - Aug 1860), Edith was born in 1861. Young Edith Carow had a younger sister, Emily Tyler Carow (1865-1939). Throughout childhood she and "Teedie" were in and out of each other's houses.

At Miss Comstock's school, she acquired the proper finishing touch for a young lady of that era. A quiet girl who loved books, she was often Theodore's companion for summer outings at Oyster Bay, Long Island; but this ended when he entered Harvard College. Although she attended his wedding to Alice Hathaway Lee in 1880, their lives ran separately until 1885, when he was a young widower with an infant daughter, Alice .

Theodore Roosevelt and Edith were married in London in December 1886. They settled down in a house on Sagamore Hill, at Oyster Bay , headquarters for a family that added five children in ten years: Theodore Jr., Kermit, Ethel Carow, Archibald Bulloch, and Quentin. Throughout Roosevelt 's intensely active career, family life remained close and entirely delightful. For a short time before reaching the White House, she found herself in competition with future First Lady Helen Taft when Mrs. Taft gave birth to Helen Taft on August 1, 1891 almost two weeks before Ethel Roosevelt was born on August 13, 1891.

After William McKinley's assassination, Mrs. Roosevelt assumed her new duties as First Lady with characteristic dignity. She meant to guard the privacy of a family that attracted everyone's in...