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Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Bradley T. Johnson

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Governor Roosevelt addresses General Johnson's inquiry regarding fraud and the Panama Canal and defends himself of criticism he has received by Democrats and for his association with Senator Platt. Roosevelt feels that his previous two years of public service speak for themselves, but that he is unsure of his political future other than the only position he absolutely does not desire is the Vice Presidency. Lastly, Roosevelt comments on the Boer War and the British handling of the situation.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: South African War (1899-1902); Fraud; Political corruption; Politicians; Party affiliation; Thank-you notes; Friendship; Governors--U.S. states--Election; Nominations for office; War; International relations; Panama--Panama Canal; Europe; Great Britain; South Africa; Platt, Thomas Collier, 1833-1910; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; Roosevelt, Archibald B. (Archibald Bulloch), 1894-1979

Date: 1900-02-26

Letter from John Grimes Walker to John R. Hudson

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The Isthmian Canal Commission will not provide transportation for employees who resign or return home for personal reasons. Many employees only last a short time and then want to return home. It would be "unjust" for the government to have to cover these expenses and such generosity would be abused. John R. Hudson, Jr. resigned on August 3 and will not receive salary or expenses after that date.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Employees--Resignation; Travel costs; Panama--Isthmus of Panama; Isthmian Canal Commission (U.S.)

Date: 1900-10-15

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Philip Battell Stewart

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Vice President Roosevelt wants to meet the "Spokane brother-in-law" when he arrives. Roosevelt supports the Isthmian Canal and has done so publicly. He had a good time in Vermont with Stewart's father even though their time was cut short by the attempted assassination of President McKinley. Roosevelt is confident McKinley will recover. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: South African War (1899-1902); Family; Meetings; Canals, Interoceanic; Presidents--Assassination attempts; Presidents--Health; Washington (State)--Spokane; Panama--Isthmus of Panama; Vermont; McKinley, William, 1843-1901

Date: 1901-09-07

Letter from Henry Cabot Lodge to Theodore Roosevelt

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Henry Cabot Lodge write to Theodore Roosevelt about his continued concern for Roosevelt's well-being after William McKinley's assassination. Theories about what drove Leon Czolgosz to kill McKinley are being discussed in the media. Lodge also discusses the press coverage of who would remain in the cabinet. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Anxiety; Friendship; Assassination; Emigration and immigration law; Press and politics; New York (State)--Buffalo; New Jersey--Paterson Region; Russia; Illinois--Vermont; Nicaragua; Panama; Panama--Panama Canal; United States. Department of Foreign Affairs; United States. President; United States. Office of the Vice President; United States. Congress; McKinley, William, 1843-1901; Hay, John, 1838-1905; Root, Elihu, 1845-1937; Longworth, Alice Roosevelt, 1884-1980; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948

Date: 1901-09-19

Letter from Edward Van Dyke Robinson to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Edward Van Dyke Robinson encloses his article, "The West Indian and Pacific Island in Relation to the Isthmian Canal," which he had previously discussed with President Roosevelt. Robinson also encloses another article he wrote primarily about the potential neutralization of the canal. He believes that a change in the State Department needs to be made before the canal question can be solved.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Canals, Interoceanic; Panama--Panama Canal; United States. Department of State; Shaw, Albert, 1857-1947

Date: 1901-09-20

The control of the Nicaragua canal

Description:

Edward Van Dyke Robinson, economist, argues against the neutralization or fortification of the proposed Nicaraguan canal. Robinson proposes that the only way to secure the canal is to establish control of the canal region, exercise control for the benefit of all nations, and maintain nearby military and naval bases. Robinson concludes by reviewing potential locations for bases to defend the canal.

Resource Type: Memorandum

Subject: Canals, Interoceanic; Canals--Planning; International relations; Nicaragua; Panama; Egypt--Suez Canal; Curac̀§ao; United States Virgin Islands--Saint Thomas; Galapagos Islands

Date: 1901-09-20

Letter from Leonidas F. Livingston to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Representative Livingston asks President Roosevelt to investigate John R. Hudson's case. Hudson had a claim with the Isthmian Canal Commission but was "rudely refused."

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Governmental investigations; Isthmian Canal Commission (U.S.); Walker, John Grimes, 1835-1907

Date: 1901-10-18

Letter from John Grimes Walker to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

John Grimes Walker, president of the Isthmian Canal Commission, describes a claim John R. Hudson made against the commission. Hudson resigned his position after he was not reassigned from Nicaragua to Washington, D.C. Walker refutes various statements made in Hudson's claim.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Employees--Appointment, qualifications, tenure, etc.; Employees--Resignation; Actions and defenses; Nicaragua; Washington (D.C.); Isthmian Canal Commission (U.S.); Livingston, Leonidas F. (Leonidas Felix), 1832-1912

Date: 1901-10-23

Letter from John Hay to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

The Isthmian canal treaty is fine and the British government only requests the removal of their own amendment. Ambassador Swenson informed Secretary of State Hay that Denmark will not negotiate unless the prices are raised. Hay asks President Roosevelt to consider the matter and provide him with an answer tomorrow.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: International relations--Treaties; Canals, Interoceanic; Diplomatic negotiations in international disputes; International relations; Panama--Isthmus of Panama; Great Britain; Denmark

Date: 1901-10-24

Letter from Albert Shaw to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Albert Shaw requests that President Roosevelt look over some of his editorial notes on the ship subsidy question and the Isthmian issue. Shaw believes that the Isthmus of Panama needs to be annexed. 

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Editing; Shipbuilding subsidies; Annexation; Panama--Isthmus of Panama

Date: 1901-10-25

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