Breckinridge Long to Cary T. Grayson




Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, Staunton, Virginia




cable address“BRECKLONG”

“a b c” codes

My dear Cary

I have been reading Baker’s fourth volume about Mr. Wilson and in one respect I would like to get an expression of opinion from you for the purpose of keeping the record straight and in order that somebody who knows something about the matter may have information on file. I am going to ask you to refer to volume four, page 191, where there is quoted a letter of thanks and appreciation from Mr. Wilson to your old and valued friend, Jim Reed. The quotation of the letter is without date, but its context leads to the impression that it was written about the time the Federal Reserve Act was passed. You will recall that Reed was such a vehement antagonist of this bill. My own recollection of the matter is that Reed had antagonized many elements of his own party by his bitter objection to the bill and had aggravated Mr. Wilson, but, long after the fight and when it came time to look to his renomination and reelection in 1916, Senator Stone sought and obtained from Mr. Wilson the letter which Baker has quoted, the object being to give Reed a certificate of character for party purposes and help him to his renomination and election.

For your own information I will tell you that I do not care to do anything with the information, but I would just like to have it for future possibilities and in the interest of historical accuracy, because I am convinced that Mr. Wilson did not in 1914 feel a great deal of gratitude for that kindly old soul for having helped the Federal Reserve Act or any other act to a successful legislative conclusion. And if you can aid in straightening out the record, I will be appreciative though I have no desire to quote you. However, if in the future anything should arise in the matter, I would like to be free with such letters as I can get on the subject.

With kindest regards,

Very sincerely

Breckinridge Long

Original Format




Long, Breckinridge, 1881-1958, “Breckinridge Long to Cary T. Grayson,” 1932 February 1, WWP16709, Cary T. Grayson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.