TYPED LETTER SIGNED by the former Secretary of War and Secretary of State ELIHU ROOT, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912, in reply to James B. Pond's invitation to join his reception committee for Maeterlinck's first American lecture.


- Over 45 words typed on 9-1/4 inch high by 7-3/4 inch wide "998 Fifth Avenue" stationery. In reply to American impresario and lecture agent James B. Pond's invitation to serve on the committee welcoming Maurice Maeterlinck to America, the former Cabinet Secretary and Nobel Peace Prize recipient thanks Pond for his invitation to serve on the committee to welcome the Belgian poet Maurce Maeterlinck to America but indicates that he must decline. Root writes "... I am involved in so many things that I prefer not to add another committee membership". Signed "Elihu Root". Folded for mailing, with a tiny chip to the top left corner. Very good. Elihu Root [1845-1937] was an American lawyer and statesman who served as U.S. Secretary of War under President Theodore Roosevelt [1899-1904] and as U.S. Secretary of State [1905-1909] under Roosevelt and President McKinley. He was a leading modernizer in the history of the War Department, transforming the U.S. Army into a modern, professionally organized military machine comparable to the best in Europe. As Secretary of State he negotiated 24 bilateral treaties that committed the United States and the other signatories to use arbitration to resolve disputes which led to the creation of the Permanent Court of International Justice. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912. Root is sometimes considered to be the original political "wise man", advising presidents on a range of foreign and domestic issues. James B. Pond, the American impresario and lecture agent who headed the J.B. Pond Lyceum Bureau, brought the great Belgian poet Maurice Maeterlinck to America for a series of lectures. The first lecture took place at Carnegie hall on January 2nd, 1920. Unfortunately Maeterlinck failed to carry out his intention to lecture in English because of his labored "phonetic" English. He declared his intention to continue his lectures in French and have the translation read by another person. As a result, the lecture tour was a failure and lawsuits ensued on both sides.

Title: TYPED LETTER SIGNED by the former Secretary of War and Secretary of State ELIHU ROOT, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1912, in reply to James B. Pond's invitation to join his reception committee for Maeterlinck's first American lecture.

Author Name: Root, Elihu. (1845-1937). American lawyer and statesman. Recipient of the 1912 Nobel Peace Prize who served as Secretary of War (1899-1904) and as Secretary of State (1905-1909).

Categories: Americana,

Publisher: New York: December 17, 1919.: 1919.

Book Condition: Very gooddddd

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: 36922

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