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and all that that campaign meant, and now nearly two years of
hard work as governor of New York State. Surely, you must
take some rest this summer."
He looked back at me rather as one of my little boys would
look if I spoke to them somewhat harshly, and answered in a very childlike way: "Yes, of course you are right. I do mean
to take a rest of one whole month this summer." I said: "That isn't very much-one month, but still it is better than nothing. Now, do you really mean that you are going to rest for one whole month?" "Yes," he answered, as if he were doing me the greatest possible favor, "I really mean to rest one whole month. I don't mean to do one single thing during that month-except write a life of Oliver Cromwell." How I laughed ! What an idea of complete rest-to write a life of Oliver Cromwell ! And write a life of Oliver Cromwell he did during that period of complete rest, but before he was able to do it there came many another stirring event and change in the outlook of his existence.
Messrs. Platt and Odell, supposedly the arbiters of the fate of every New York State governor, agreed that two years of Theodore Roosevelt in the Executive Mansion at Albany was quite enough, and that come what might, he should not have another term, and so they bent all their subtle political acumen toward the achievement of their wish to remove him. They would, however, have been thwarted in their purpose had not the Western part of our country decided also that Theodore Roosevelt's name was necessary on the presidential ticket, to be headed, for a second time, by William McKinley.
The young governor, deeply absorbed in the many reforms which he had inaugurated in the Empire State, was anything but willing to be, as he felt he would be, buried in Washington as vice-president, but as the time drew near for the Republican Convention of June, 1900, more and more weight was thrown in the balance to persuade him to accept the nomination.
I have frequently said in these pages that one of the most endearing characteristics of my brother was his desire to have