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Letter from William H. Taft to Elihu Root

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Governor Taft explains the reasons for his support of the prosecution of the Freedom newspaper for libel under the libel and sedition laws of the Philippines. He also argues for the fairness of the laws and the independence of the judiciary in the Philippines. Taft suggests that legal appeals are unlikely to uncover any problems with the rulings.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Freedom of the press--Law and legislation; Libel and slander; Seditious libel; Trials (Libel); Philippines

Date: 1903-02-23

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Gifford Pinchot

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt requests that Gifford Pinchot provide a statement regarding Roosevelt's "sobriety and temperance" for his lawyer in a libel suit, James H. Pound.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Trials (Libel); Libel and slander; Temperance; Drinking of alcoholic beverages

Date: 1912-12-17

Letter from Gifford Pinchot to Theodore Roosevelt

Description:

Gifford Pinchot encloses a statement for use in the libel suit. He denies having any connections with the Pocahontas Coal Company.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Trials (Libel); Libel and slander; Conflict of interests; Business and politics; Pocahontas Coal Company

Date: 1912-12-26

Letter from Secretary of Theodore Roosevelt to J. Alden Loring

Description:

The Secretary of Theodore Roosevelt writes to J. Alden Loring to schedule a time and place for Mr. Pound to take Loring's testimony for Roosevelt's libel case.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Depositions; Scheduling; Trials (Libel); New York (State); New York (State)--Owego; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1913-03-19

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Ethel Roosevelt Derby

Description:

Ethel Roosevelt Derby's letter from Rome, Italy, has arrived and her parents read it to each other. Theodore Roosevelt understands her desire to avoid invitations and have some quiet time on a honeymoon. He envies Ethel's trip to Italy and agrees that her social settlement work will be helpful to Richard Derby's career. Roosevelt's libel suit begins soon and he is prepared to lose. The area around Sagamore Hill is changing rapidly and the Roosevelts have had many days to themselves.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Letters; Americans--Travel; Honeymoons; Social settlements; Libel and slander; Trials (Libel); Italy--Rome; New York (State)--Oyster Bay; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; Derby, Richard, 1881-1963

Date: 1913-05-22

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Ethel Roosevelt Derby

Description:

The libel suit is over and Theodore Roosevelt won. The trial was in Marquette, Michigan, and Roosevelt stayed with George Shiras. Roosevelt's witnesses were "good fellows" and he was touched by their devotional zeal. The trial lasted six days and the evidence was so overwhelming that George A. Newett retracted his charge and Roosevelt requested no damages. Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt has been visiting Archie and Quentin Roosevelt at Groton. Kermit Roosevelt has joined a "big contracting company in South Brazil." In a postscript, Roosevelt has arrived home and received Ethel Roosevelt Derby's telegram. He knows that Richard Derby will fit in with the family.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Trials (Libel); Libel and slander; Witnesses; Michigan--Marquette; Brazil, South; Shiras, George, 1859-1942; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; Roosevelt, Archibald B. (Archibald Bulloch), 1894-1979; Roosevelt, Quentin, 1897-1918; Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943; Derby, Richard, 1881-1963; Carow, Emily Tyler, 1865-1939; Newett, George A.

Date: 1913-06-01

Letter from J. Alden Loring to Bowers and Lands

Description:

J. Alden Loring will not accept reimbursement for the aid he gave Theodore Roosevelt.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Witnesses; Travel costs; Trials (Libel); Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919

Date: 1913-06-07

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Charles Sumner Bird

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt writes about the Progressive movement and the choices he made regarding the direction and future of the movement. He also discusses his disagreements with those who wish to take the Progressive movement in a different direction. Roosevelt mentions the libel suit brought by William Barnes.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Political parties--Platforms; Trials (Libel); Progressive Party (1912); Barnes, William, 1866-1930; Glynn, Martin Henry, 1871-1924

Date: 1914-07-29

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Quentin Roosevelt

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt hopes that Quentin Roosevelt's trip is going better. He thinks it is nonsense to start a trip by traveling ninety-four miles in two days. Even though the trip has been difficult, he hopes that Quentin has got in some rifle practice and believes that overall it will be a good experience. Belle Roosevelt contracted typhoid fever but is doing well. Kermit Roosevelt was "nearly wild" with concern for his wife. Roosevelt is being sued by William Barnes for libel.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Outdoor recreation; Shooting; Typhoid fever; Libel and slander; Trials (Libel); Pack animals (Transportation); Roosevelt, Belle, 1892-1968; Roosevelt, Kermit, 1889-1943; Roosevelt, Edith Kermit Carow, 1861-1948; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1887-1944; Roosevelt, Archibald B. (Archibald Bulloch), 1894-1979; Barnes, William, 1866-1930

Date: 1914-08-02

Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to William Allen White

Description:

Theodore Roosevelt feels that the public has tired of him and he has little hope for a permanent Progressive Party. Americans are wedded to the two party system and will only support a third party for temporary or local reasons. The Progressive Party failed to establish itself as the second party and the political situation will "sink back into the conditions that had been normal." The party also attracted too many cranks and became associated in the public's mind with the "lunatic fringe." The country is tired of reform, reform leaders, and reform legislation. Roosevelt still believes they are fighting for righteousness and was pleased to campaign for his friends. However, he doubts his further political usefulness and believes his participation will likely hurt the causes he supports. The feeling against Roosevelt in New York amounts to a "mania" and the poor election results may help William Barnes win the libel suit.

Resource Type: Letter

Subject: Elections; Political parties--Management; Political parties--Public opinion; Party affiliation; Third parties (United States politics); Two-party systems; Political ethics; Politicians--Public opinion; Libel and slander; Trials (Libel); Progressive Party (1912); Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- ); La Follette, Robert M. (Robert Marion), 1855-1925; Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924; Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925; Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930; Barnes, William, 1866-1930

Date: 1914-11-07

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