THEODORE ROOSEVELT. President.
Typewritten Letter Signed, two pages, quarto, on White House stationery, dated from Oyster Bay, New York, July 2, 1908. With original envelope to the Rev. William Potts George, in Ocean Grove, New Jersey.
The President sends an expression of his very deep appreciation of the action of the New York Preachers Meeting of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Few things could have touched me more. Indeed…I hope that the Methodists of this country realize the strength and comfort they have given to me throughout my term as President. I have tried my best so to conduct myself, and so to manage the great office, that they would feel that their confidence was not misplaced. I believe in them with all my heart; and I have felt that when I stood for the sturdy righteousness in which they believed, I was rendering the best possible service I could render to the country that is so dear to all of us. I wish I could accept your invitation, but I have had to refuse literally so many hundreds of invitations for this summer that it is out of the question for me to accept this. I could not do it without seeming to slight good and worthy people whose previous requests I have had to refuse.
Signature somewhat light; otherwise fine condition. Matted in ivory and turquoise with a portrait photograph of Theodore Roosevelt. In a silver and turquoise frame measuring 21 inches wide by 24 inches high.
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