On January 6, 1870, Theodore Roosevelt wrote to Dora and Thomas Watkins about the Christmas he spent in Rome with his family.
“My Dear Dora and Tom, we spent our Christmas in Rome. We hung up our stockings and came in the bed of Mama. We had a great many presents and Aunt Annie sent some money way over the water to buy me a present. She bought 2 lamps and an inkstand. I got a hunt and some books and ornaments for my room. We had a donkey ride today but I did not enjoy it much. At Sorrento we had a splendid one. We all 3 started out on big donkeys. They galloped [so] long and they jogged so as nearly to [jolt] our dinner out of us. [Then we went] up a hill so steep that we almost fell off …”
Letter from Theodore Roosevelt to Dora and Thomas Watkins, January 6, 1870. Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University. Electronic copy sponsored by the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University. For reproduction or publication permission, contact the Theodore Roosevelt Collection, Houghton Library.