Quotation by William Howard Taft

The truth is, the whole administration under Roosevelt was demoralized by the system of dealing directly with subordinates. It was obviated in the State Department and the War Department under [Secretary of State Elihu] Root and me [Taft was the Secretary of War], because we simply ignored the interference and went on as we chose.... The subordinates gained nothing by his assumption of authority, but it was not so in the other departments.
William Howard Taft (1857–1930), U.S. president. Letter to his daughter, Helen H. Taft, October 3, 1909. Henry F. Pringle, The Life and Times of William Howard Taft, 1: 492, Farrar & Rinehart (1939).

On Taft's suspicion that Roosevelt had been less than a perfect president.
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