Lot 178: ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Typed Letter Signed, as President, to the President of Panama Manuel Amador Guerrero,
November 1, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: U.S. PRESIDENT INTRODUCES GOVERNOR OF CANAL ZONE TO PANAMA'S PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT, THEODORE. Typed Letter Signed, as President, to the President of Panama Manuel Amador Guerrero, introducing the Governor of the Canal Zone George W. Davis. 1 1/4 page, 4to, White House stationery; ink received stamp and secretary's notes at lower right of signature page, 2 punch holes at upper edge of each page, horizontal fold, bold signature. (MRS) Washington, 9 May 1904
"Permit me to introduce to you General George W. Davis . . . Governor of the canal zone. General Davis is . . . a veteran of the great Civil War, who has acted as Governor of Porto Rico and has been for several years in command of all the forces in the Philippines. . . . I solicit . . . any courtesy which you may be disposed to show . . . in order that there may be full and harmonious agreement for bringing to a successful conclusion the great work in which our two nations have so deep an interest."
On November 18, 1903, representatives of the U.S. and Panama signed the Hay-Bunau-Varilla Treaty, according to which the U.S. was granted sovereignty over the Panama Canal Zone. Theodore Roosevelt's executive order of May 9, 1904, empowered the Isthmian Canal Commission to establish the government of the Zone and oversee construction of the Panama Canal. When the Canal was completed in 1914, it represented one of the largest engineering projects ever undertaken.