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Letters to His Children

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

1. 00. Introduction
2. 01. In The Spanish War 1898 - Blessed Bunnies, Darling Ethel
3. 02. from Oyster Bay Dec 1900 - Youthful Bible Commentators, Fine Names For Guinea Pigs
4. 03. from Keystone Ranch Jan 1900 - A Cougar and Lynx Hunt, Dogs That Climb Trees, The Pig Named Maude
5. 04. from Oyster Bay May 1901 - Advice and News, Archie and Quentin
6. 05. Incidents of Homecoming, Oyster Bay, May 1901
7. 06. Dear Little Miss Sarah
8. 07. Uncle Remus and White House Pets
9. 08. from White House Oct 1902 - The Dog Gem, and Presidential Nurse For Guinea Pigs
10. 09. Thanksgiving In The White House 1902
11. 10. A White House Christmas 1902
12. 11. Tom Quartz and Jack
13. 12. A Far Western Trip 1903
14. 13. Loves and Sports of The Children
15. 14. A President At Play
16. 15. from Oyster Bay 1903 - To Ted On A Hunting Trip, End Of Summer At Oyster Bay
17. 16. White House Oct 1903 - 'Valuablest' Kind Of Rabbits, A Preaching Letter
18. 17. Proper Place For Sports, Concerning Getting 'Smashed'
19. 18. The Art of Uncle Remus, A Ride And A Pillow Fight
20. 19. Study and Play, Quentin's First Fall, Homesich For Sagamore Hill, Joy Over A Football Victory, Vice-Mother Of The Children
21. 20. Quentin's Sixth Birthday
22. 21. A President's Poor Protection
23. 22. from White House 1904 - Ted's Sprained Ankle, The Supreme Christmas Joy, A Day With Juggler
24. 23. Merits of Military and Civil Life
25. 24. from White House Feb 1904 - Root and Taft, Senator Hanna's Death, Irritating Remark by Quentin
26. 25. Japanese Wrestling
27. 26. Love For The White House 1904
28. 27. Charms Of Valley Forge, Washington's Companions At Valley Forge
29. 28. On The Eve Of Nomination for President 1904, Picture Letter, Bill The Lizard
30. 29. On The Eve Of Election
31. 30. Dec, Jan 1904 - Big Jim White, Winter Life In The White House, Playmate Of The Children, A Japanese Boy's Letter
32. 31. On Counting Days And Wrestling; Spring In Washington
33. 32. April, May 1905 - A Hunting Trip . . . Abernathy The Wolf Hunter . . . Prairie Girls . . . Bears, Bobcats and Skip
34. 33. Home Again With Skip, Skip In The White House, Officers of Togo's Fleet
35. 34. A President As Cook
36. 35. Quentin's Quaint Sayings
37. 36. Advice Regarding Newspaper Annoyances
38. 37. Incidents of a Southern Trip, Poets and Princes
39. 38. Novels and Games, Christmas Present To His Old Nurse
40. 39. Dickens and Thackeray, A Tribute To Archie
41. 40. Pillow Fights With The Boys, Sorrows Of Skip, 'An Interesting Circus Experience', A Big And Lonely White House, A New Puppy And A New Horse, A Quentin Antecdote
42. 41. A Visit To Washington's Birthplace, More About Dickens
43. 42. No Place Like Sagamore Hill, Attic Delights, Presidential Rescue of a Kitten
44. 43. Sports of Quentin and Archie, Skip and Archie, A Turkey Hunt at Pine Knot
45. 44. On Board U. S. S. Louisiana on the Way to Panama November 1906 - Pets On Shipboard, Names of the Guns, Reflections On The Way, Events Since Columbus's Discovery, Pride In America
46. 45. What The President Saw at Panama
47. 46. On The Way To Porto Rico, What He Saw In Porto Rico
48. 47. Sickness of Archie, At the Jamestown Exposition, General Kuroki
49. 48. Temporary Absence Of Skip, Death of Skip, Quentin's Snake Adventure
50. 49. On Board U. S. S. Mississippi, October 1907 - Trials of a Traveling President, Changes of Three Centuries, Pecularities of Mississippi Steamboats
51. 50. The Lone Cat Of The Camp, Shooting The Bear
52. 51. Quentin's 'Exquisite Jest', Tom Pinch, 'Martin Chuzzlewit', Good Reading For Pacifists
53. 52. Quentin As A Ball-Player, Four Sheepish Small Boys
54. 53. John Burroughs and the Flying Squirrel, Beauty of White House Grounds, Quentin and a Beehive
55. 54. Quentin And Turner, Quentin and the Pig, A Presidential Fall, More About Quentin
56. 55. Tribute To Kermit, Longing For Home, The Last Hunt, Quentin Grown Up

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Summary

The strong, vigorous, exalted character of a doting father who loved playing with his children and their pets, even while serving as the President of the United States, stands revealed in this selection of letters he wrote his children throughout their school years. They shed light on the cheerful man who remained throughout his life as pure and gentle as the soul of a child, plus many little reveals that there were squirrels nesting in the presidential bedroom, rats in the basement, and children's pranks that damaged the White House artwork! Many of these letters are considered valuable guides for youth in all ranks of life, notably those on the relative merits of civil and military careers, and the proper proportions of sport and study. Only a short time before he died, Teddy Roosevelt said "I would rather have this book published than anything that has ever been written about me." ~