256 My Brother Theodore Roosevelt
Later, on his return to the same farm after an extended hunting trip, he says:
"I have worked very hard writing the articles about this trip, and have put my heart into them, for this trip has been to me one of absorbing interest; but of course, I haven't any idea whether I have written anything worth reading.
"I am happy to say that I know nothing whatever of politics at home, and I hope to keep in the same blessed state of ignorance until I return next June. Then I shall take up political work again, but probably not in any direct partisan sense,that is, I will go in with the Outlook people on such matters as the conservation of natural resources, the control of big corporations, and how to deal with socialism, and the like."
The above shows clearly how strong were his intentions not to interfere in any way with the administration then in power.
On June 21, in a letter headed "On Safari," he writes:
"I am so busy writing my Scribner articles that I have but little time to write family letters, except of course, the letters to Edith. I have had plenty to write about for Scribner's, but it is not always easy to write in the field, and I do not really know how I have done it. Sometimes when I come in early from a hunt, I just point blank refuse to write at all, and spend an hour or two reading a book from the `Pigskin Library,' which has been the utmost possible comfort and pleasure. Fond though I am of hunting and of wilderness life, I could not thoroughly enjoy either if I were not able, from time to time, to turn to my books. I am anxiously looking for news of your Helen and the baby that is to be.
"Kermit is a great pleasure to me. My trouble with him is that he is altogether too bold, pushing, daring, almost to recklessness."
Writing in October to my husband (there never was a more devoted friendship than existed between him and my husband), i
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