Woodrow Wilson to Dan V. Stephens
Your letter of April sixth does you great honor. I do not wonder that you feel as you do, and yet I want very earnestly to remind you that we are now engaged not merely in creating an Army but also in mobilizing a nation to perform all its functions at the highest pitch of efficiency. Surely, in such circumstances it is just as much a man's duty to stay at a post such as you have been assigned to by your constituents as it is for a man to volunteer for an Army. I take that view of it with the greatest confidence.
Hon. Dan V. Stephens,
House of Representatives.