Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919). Theodore Roosevelt’s Letters to His Children. 1919.

Death of Skip

Sagamore Hill, Sept. 21, 1907.

We felt dreadfully homesick as you and Kermit drove away; when we pass along the bay front we always think of the dory; and we mourn dear little Skip, although perhaps it was as well the little doggie should pass painlessly away, after his happy little life; for the little fellow would have pined for you.

Your letter was a great comfort; we’ll send on the football suit and hope you’ll enjoy the football. Of course it will all be new and rather hard at first.

The house is “put up”; everything wrapped in white that can be, and all the rugs off the floors. Quentin is reduced to the secret service men for steady companionship.