2 pages, 10 x 8 inches, Washington, February 4, 1908. In this letter, Root sends a recommendation from President Theodore Roosevelt to approve funds so the United States can participate in the 1912 Worlds Fair in Tokyo, in part: "I think it quite important that a liberal sum be allowed for this purpose and that ample time be given for our preparations. The scale of our participation would naturally depend much upon that of other nations and therefore cannot now be accurately measured; and owing to the great distance to Japan, the importance of the occasion, etc." One torn punch-hole on the upper left margin and two horizontal folds; otherwise very good condition.
Roosevelt, suspecting the public would interpret his request as having taken sides at the peace table, makes Elihu Root request funds for the Tokyo Worlds Fair. Only a short time later, President Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize for settling the Russo-Japanese War.