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A one page handwritten letter (ALS), signed by Theodore Roosevelt as President.
After an exceptionally rancorous battle with Congress over the Meat Inspection Act, Teddy Roosevelt arrives in Oyster Bay for his first vacation of the year.
Written on "Sagamore Hill" letterhead stationary, to which Teddy added "Oyster Bay, N.Y. June '06". [June 31, 1906].
Written to an unnamed correspondent, most certainly a reporter.
Roosevelt writes in full:
I regret to say that I am out in the country now and so cannot give you the interview; besides I really have nothing of any interest to say.
Roosevelt, after a lengthy battle with Congress over the Meat Inspection and Pure Food and Drug Acts, arrived in Oyster Bay on June 31st for what he hoped would be a long holiday in the country. Each of these landmark laws was prompted by the publication of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle", which exposed unsanitary conditions in the meatpacking industry. Sinclair's lurid account of Chicago's packing houses revealed in revolting detail the conditions in which beef and pork were prepared for America's tables. Canned beef was made from old, diseased cattle, and sausage contained rats and rat dung. Potted chicken contained no chicken at all, only wast cattle products. Men fell into the processing vats and "all but the bones [went] out in to the world as Durham's Pure Beef Lard!"
President Roosevelt was one of the most outraged readers of "The Jungle", which paralleled with his own experience during the war with "embalmed beef" issued to the Rough Riders.
Roosevelt teamed up with Secretary of Agriculture James Wilson in ordering an immediate inspection of the meat packing plants, and legislation was introduced in Congress which would bring the industry under tighter Federal control. However, the ultra Conservatives in Congress, led by House Speaker Joe Cannon, were vehemently opposed to the bills. After a vitriolic debate and much posturing between the White House and the Republican leadership, a compromise was reached between Roosevelt and Congress, and the bill was signed into law on June 30, 1906. One day later, TR arrived by train in Oyster Bay to enjoy a well-earned vacation.
An interesting letter from Roosevelt following one of his greatest battles with Congress. Seeking respite in the country, he declines an interview with the curious comment that he "has nothing of any interest to say", certainly an allusion to his mental state of exhaustion after an unusually long session of Congress.
The document, which measures 4"x7", in in fine condition.
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