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- Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
[Letter] 1905 August 14, Oyster Bay (N.Y.) [to] Cecilia Beaux, East Gloucester (Mass.) / Theodore Roosevelt.
Roosevelt thanks Beaux for sending clippings about the actions of her brother-in-law and states that "I so often see what is mean and sordid in our life that I like to have the good deeds called to my attention too." Beaux, a famous American portrait painter, painted Roosevelt’s wife and daughter in 1902 and sketched him at that time as well. Henry Sturgis Drinker, the brother-in-law mentioned in this letter, accepted the position of the fifth president of Lehigh University in 1905, holding that office until 1920. The "good deed" mentioned in this letter most likely refers to Drinker relinquishing his lucrative occupation as a lawyer with the Lehigh Valley Railroad for this less profitable yet, arguably, more philanthropic post. Roosevelt's career included both political and military service; McKinley appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy (1897-98), a post he resigned to enter the war with Spain, at the head of the troop he organized, known as the "Rough Riders." Roosevelt was afterwards Governor of New York (1899-1900), McKinley's Vice President (1900), and then the 26th President of the United States upon the assassination of McKinley in 1901. He served in this office from 1901-09 during which time he won the Nobel Prize for his arbitration of the Russo-Japanese War, and he added greatly to the national forests and preserves.
- Ruth, Babe (George Herman, Jr.), 1895-1948.
[Letter] 1940 February 17 [to] Mr. Moravec / Babe Ruth [George Herman Ruth, Jr.].
Ruth declines an invitation to attend a banquet, citing other commitments. One of the legends of baseball, Ruth was an outfielder who held over 50 records at the time of his retirement, and was an original member of the Hall of Fame (1936). Ruth played for the Boston Red Sox (1915-19), the New York Yankees (1920-35), and the Boston Braves (1935). He hit 60 home runs in 1927 and 714 in his career.
- Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832.
[Letter] [to] Professor Murray, College Street / W. Scott [Sir Walter Scott].
Scott asks the Professor not to say anything to Mr. Rae about Scott's opinion of his work until sending Mr. Jeffrey's positive remarks to soften the blow; Scott states, "It is a cruel thing to blight the hopes of several years study in probably an ingenious and amiable man." Scott also mentions Lady Hook and the East Indies. A writer of historical romances and a poet, Scott began his literary career by traveling in his native Scotland and collecting folk ballads, the subject of his first book. He was influenced by German writers like Goethe (also represented in the collection). His first success was the narrative poem "The Lay of the Last Minstrel" (1805), and his well known works include Marmion (1808), the Waverley novels including Rob Roy (1817) and The Bride of Lammermoor (1819), and Ivanhoe (1819).
- Washington, George, 1732-1799.
[Letter] 1783 June 18, Newburgh [to] Lieutenant Colonel Smith. / G. Washington [George Washington].
Washington expresses a wish to acquire a catalog of books, asks for news, and inquires whether his former housekeeper is in town. This letter was written during Washington's return to private life at Mount Vernon after the Revolutionary War during which he served as commander in chief of the Continental Army; he had heretofore had military experience during the French and Indian Wars. He had also served in the Continental Congress (1774, 1775) and as a justice of the peace (1760-74). He would go on to unanimous election as the first President of the United States, an office he held from 1789-97. Upon his retirement from that office, he was again named commander in chief of the Army (1798-99).
- Welles, Orson, 1915-1985.
[Letter] 1943 February 10 [to] Carl F. Strauch / Orson Welles.
Welles responds to a query from an English professor at Lehigh, agreeing that The Great Gatsby (written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925) is wonderful material for a picture and he would like to play him, but his schedule is too busy at present. If he does, however, decide to produce the material, he expects a "large, appreciative and enthusiastic audience turn-out from Lehigh University." Welles became famous for his 1938 radio adaptation of War of the Worlds. Before this letter was written, he had already made his most critically acclaimed film, Citizen Kane (1940). The Mercury Productions company had been formed with John Houseman to produce theatrical projects, but expanded to include radio and then films. Other well known work includes The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Touch of Evil (1958), and Chimes at Midnight (1966).
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