ROOSEVELT, EDITH K. (1861-1948). First Lady and second wife of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States. ALS. (“E”). 4pp. Small 8vo. Washington, D.C., Saturday [January 30, 1904]. On White House stationery. To Christine Griffin Kean Roosevelt, the wife of Theodore Roosevelt’s cousin and advisor William Emlen Roosevelt (1857-1930).
“It was a relief to hear from Sue, – who is so good about always sending me a daily bulletin, – that Emlen had gone to Oyster Bay today. She & Lucy came in yesterday & I felt so discouraged by what she told me that I did not dare to even talk about it. It has been a winter of great trial for you and Emlen and I have felt so helpless and useless, when I would so willingly have shared your cares. Each Saturday Theodore & I have breathed sighs of relief & said “One more week of the season over.” Yesterday I had my last musical. Busoni played very beautifully, & held the attention of a large & incongruous audience. Corinne & Douglas dined with us, & some senators & their wives & Mrs. Lister gorgeous in her rubies & a wonderful red velvet woven with velvet flowers, & other lesser lights. The Mumfords (Bella Lee) & Mrs Leavite were staying in the house. Washington is deep in snow. Yesterday, Theodore and I tried to ride, but had to turn back immediately for the horses could scarcely keep their feet. With love dear Christine Affectionately E”