William Roscoe Thayer (18591923). Theodore Roosevelt. 1919.
Mr. John Woodbury, Secretary of the Harvard Class of 1880, in sending to his classmates a notice of Theodore Roosevelts death on January 6, 1919, added this quotation from the second part of Bunyans Pilgrims Progress:
After this it was noised abroad that Mr. Valiant-for-truth was taken with a summons by the same post as the other, and had this for a token that the summons was true, That his pitcher was broken at the fountain. When he understood it, he called for his friends and told them of it. Then he said, I am going to my Fathers, and though with great difficulty I have got hither, yet now I do not repent me of all the trouble I have been at to arrive where I am. My sword I give to him that shall succeed me in my pilgrimage, and my courage and skill to him that can get it. My marks and scars I carry with me, to be a witness for me that I have fought His battles who now will be my rewarder.