This collection contains two items -- a letter from Frederick H. Bates to Theodore Roosevelt and Roosevelt's reply. Bates notes the German population in Elmhurst and Elmhurst College, and the fact that his German friends would not support Roosevelt's candidacy in 1916, because the president has advocated war on the "fatherland." Bates asks Roosevelt whether or not he actually said that. Roosevelt replies that he did not say he advocated war on Germany; however, he would stop the "murder of American women and children in Mexico or on the high seas, if it were necessary to go to war to do so." Roosevelt continues for four typed, hand edited pages. He states that he is not interested in the support of "German"-Americans, only "straight Americans."
A letter from the donor Alben F. Bates accompanies the collection, as well as a program that accompanied a speech given by President Bryant Cureton regarding the correspondence._