Philip G. Peabody complains about a passage President Roosevelt
wrote that referred to Thomas Paine as a "dirty little Atheist." In
a note to Roosevelt, Owen Wister states that he has no idea what
Peabody is talking about and will not respond.
Books and reading; Libel and slander; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919; Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809
President Roosevelt writes to Owen Wister about Thomas Paine.
Roosevelt says he should not have referred to Paine as an atheist
as Paine admitted the existence of an unknown God, although he
denied there was a Christian God. Roosevelt notes that Paine did
not leave his bed for several weeks and so "a swine in a sty was
physically clean by comparison."
Founding Fathers of the United States; Religion and politics; Paine, Thomas, 1737-1809
President Roosevelt congratulates Owen Wister and his wife on
the birth of their child.
Etiquette; Birth announcements
President Roosevelt will not provide Owen Wister with
information about Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt or their children.
They make considerable effort to prevent the children from becoming
self-conscious about being discussed by the public.
Presidents--Family; Children of presidents--Press coverage; Presidents--Biography; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948
President Roosevelt thanks Owen Wister and hopes he "can be on
here some time."
President Roosevelt enjoyed the first sentence and hopes it
won't be removed.
Writing; Editors; Books and reading
President Roosevelt is pleased to hear from Owen Wister and instructs Wister's friend to include a letter from Wister as part of the application.
Applications for positions; Employment references
Roosevelt is grateful to Owen Wister and wants him to bring Frost (presumably the poet Robert Frost) so they can dine together.
Entertaining; Frost, Robert
President Roosevelt has ordered the book brought to him at once.
Books and reading
President Roosevelt has received the book and was pleased with the dedication.
Books and reading; Dedications; Thank-you notes
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