Np: Privately printed, Nd. Only Edition. Wraps. Quarto; pp; 53 pages printed on rectos only; original gray wrappers, string tied with red ribbon;. Very good. Item #14423
A "Typewritten account of the Republican National Convention in Chicago, June 13-21, 1912, by Nicholas Roosevelt, cousin of Theodore Roosevelt. Nicholas describes traveling by train from New York to Chicago with Theodore, Edith, and Kermit Roosevelt, and other members of the election party. During the convention, Nicholas describes meeting with Chicago Tribune reporter John Callan (Cal) O'Lauglin, working with his colleague Charles P. Curtis for the Roosevelt campaign and the Progressive Party, the theft of delegates by Taft Republicans and votes for Elihu Root. Also includes details on speeches given at the convention and the response from delegates. The account was constructed from diary entries and letters N. Roosevelt wrote to family members during the convention" . OCLC listing, #43562426. OCLC locates just a single copy at the Massachusetts Historical Society Library. Also accompanying this piece is a typed letter signed, (Tls) by Nicholas Roosevelt to William Roscoe Thayer, author of "Theodore Roosevelt, An Intimate Biography". Roosevelt is verifying some times that Thayer has inquired about. It appears that he was at factual odds with O. K. Davis who was also a participant in the Chicago 1912 events and wrote, "Released For Publication". Nicholas has verified that Davis has been incorrect "and your reputation for veracity is saved". A rare opportunity to own an incredibly scarce TR piece from the Bull Moose experience. Cousin Nicholas was close to TR all his young life.