William P. Trent thanks Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt for his letter regarding Trent's recently published biography of William Gilmore Simms. Trent discusses what he learned from reading southern antebellum literature from the period of the Civil War and his views on the problems with sectionalism in the South. He admits that his voice will likely not be heard beyond the classroom.
Books and reading; Sectionalism (United States); Southern States; American Historical Association; Simms, William Gilmore, 1806-1870
President Roosevelt compliments the article written by George Otto Trevelyan and is pleased that he fought back against the damage being done to historical writing by Mr. Bury. Roosevelt comments on the current deficiencies in historical and scientific training and writing.
Historiography; Technical writing; History--Study and teaching (Higher); Science--Study and teaching (Higher); Books and reading; American Historical Association
Theodore Roosevelt informs John Franklin Jameson that he cannot accept the presidency of the American Historical Association and would prefer not to be named as a vice president, as he has come to dread making addresses and must do so continually.
Scheduling; Speeches, addresses, etc.; History--Societies, etc.; Leadership; American Historical Association
Theodore Roosevelt's Secretary advises J. Franklin Jameson that Roosevelt will do his best to prepare "that address ready in time for printing in the American Historical Review" and asks Jameson to write again when the deadline is one month away as a reminder to Roosevelt.
Publications; Speeches, addresses, etc.; American Historical Association; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919
Theodore Roosevelt would be pleased to write the paper Henry Van Dyke requested, if only Roosevelt did not have to present a speech as the President of the American Historical Association a week after the date Van Dyke mentioned. Roosevelt will not be able to work on the paper until well after the election, and so cannot hope to write two papers.
Political campaigns; Presidents--Election; Speeches, addresses, etc.; Apologies; American Historical Association
Theodore Roosevelt is not familiar enough with the matter to express an opinion and is in favor of doing whatever Henry Morse Stephens, President of the American Historical Association, desires.
Letters; American Historical Association
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