Roosevelt, Theodore (1858 – 1919)

An important two-page signed letter signed by Roosevelt as President, December 6th 1905, on both sides of a single sheet of vellum paper, to the President of Cuba; countersigned by Elihu Root as Secretary of State.

The body of the letter, in a neat calligraphic scribal hand, opens, ‘Great and good friend, I have made choice of Edwin V. Morgan, one of our distinguished citizens, to reside near the Government of Your Excellency in the quality of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America. He is well informed of the relative interests of the two countries and of our sincere desire to cultivate to the fullest extent the friendship which has so long subsisted between us. My knowledge of his high character and ability gives me entire confidence that he will constantly endeavor to advance the interest and prosperity of both Governments and so render himself acceptable to Your Excellency.’

Roosevelt continues, ‘I therefore request Your Excellency to receive him favorably and to give full credence to what he shall say on the part of the United States and to the assurance which I have charged him to convey to you of the best wishes of this Government for the prosperity of Cuba. My God have your Excellency in His wise keeping. Your good friend, (signed) Theodore Roosevelt.’

Some age-toning and a some staining — including a large area — to the second page.

An extraordinary missive in which Roosevelt dispatches Edwin V. Morgan (1865 – 1934) to Cuba as his envoy. It was during Theodore’s election three months earlier, in September 1905, that the Cuban President, Estrada Palma, rigged his own election over a liberal candidate. The liberals then orchestrated a revolt in August 1906, which ultimately led to the United States’ second occupation of Cuba, which lasted until 1909.