Letter from Vice President Theodore Roosevelt to
- Frederick Funston urging him to stay in the military
- The Vice President's Chamber
- Washington, D.C.
- Oyster Bay, N.Y., August 20th, 1901
- Brig. Genl. Frederick C. Funston,
- Manila, P.I.
- My dear General:--
- I hear you [are] think[ing] of leaving the army. Let me urgently advise you not to do so at present. I should not expect you to stay in it permanently, but I do hope you will remain in it a couple of years more. I think it would be a mistake to get out now unless some altogether exceptional opportunity offers itself. I think you have it in you to rise to very high civil position; I know that what you prize is the chance to do work worth doing, no matter how arduous; and I feel that from both of these standpoints it would be well for you to stay in the army at present.
- Faithfully yours,
- Theodore Roosevelt