Theodore ROOSEVELT (1858-1919).
A 1p. typed letter signed, to "Dear Alex [Dr. Alexander Lambert], on paper headed 'The Kansas City Star / Office of / Theodore Roosevelt/ New York Office / 347 Madison Avenue', dated 'September 13, 1918".
4to (11 x 8 1/2 inches; 280 x 216mm)), with one autograph correction.
Condition: lightly toned, old folds, small tears, one small marginal chip, corners rounded or chipped (see images).
Text: "Dear Alex: / That's a mighty fine letter of yours. I thank you for it. Archie has come home very much better in spirits than we had hoped. We are following your directions about having him treated by Dr. Tilney. I am very much obliged to you for having given me such a clear idea of what had happened. Until I saw him I did not know that he had been hit by two distinct and separate shells. Give my love to Nellie. What you say about the ruthless destruction wrought by the Germans in their [/r/a/i/d/] ‘retreat’ [manuscript replacing scored through typed word] is really appalling. It is dreadful to think that fifty years of exactly the wrong kind of education has done for them. Henry Stimson was over the other day. He has been made a Colonel. Evidently he has done splendidly, and it was a pleasure to see him. / Faithfully yours, / ‘Theodore Roosevelt’ / Dr. Alexander Lambert, / American Red Cross, / 4, Place de la Concorde, / Paris, France.”
An interesting and quite important letter, combining personal 'family' news, a comment on the war and a reference to a famous Roosevelt protege. Written about 4 months before his death, Roosevelt is clearly concerned about his son. Roosevelt had encouraged all his sons in their wishes to serve in WW1 - Quentin, a flyer, was shot down and killed in July 1918, Ted suffered from gas inhalation and was 'hors-de-combat' for a while, and so, to have Archie home, honorably discharged because of the injuries he had received, must have been a relief.
Dr. Alexander Lambert (1861-1939), a professor of clinical medicine at Cornell, at one time acted as Roosevelt's physician, and was also a long-time hunting companion and friend. At the time of the present letter he was serving in France as a 'high-up' member of the American Red Cross.
Dr. Frederick Tilney (1875-1938), neurologist. Investigated 'shell-shock' (PTSD). The present letter notes that Lambert recommended that 'Archie' Roosevelt see Tilney - perhaps indicating that he (Archie) was suffering from ‘shellshock’ in addition to his physical injuries.
Henry Lewis Stimson (1867-1950) American statesman, lawyer and Republican Party politician. Over his long career, he emerged as a leading figure in the foreign policy of the United States, serving in Republican and Democratic administrations. Worked for TR's administration but also oversaw the 'Manhattan Project'.