The Writings of Carl Schurz/To Theodore Roosevelt, October 18th, 1898

TO THEODORE ROOSEVELT

16 East 64th St., Oct. 18, 1898.

Your letter of the 14th reached me yesterday. We have long been friends, and I ardently hoped to be able to support you for the governorship.

Although I disliked some things you did before and immediately after your nomination, I continued to hope until I read the report of your Carnegie Hall speech. That speech was your keynote utterance for the campaign which would give your election its meaning. Upon it you stand, and it makes it impossible for me to support you, and to write the article you suggest. I cannot tell you, remembering our long and sincere friendship, how painful it is for me to be obliged to say this.