Woodrow Wilson to Robert Lansing

Identifier

WWP25496

Description

President Wilson asks the Secretary of State to pass on the message to Colonel House that the French should stop their censorship of the press now.

Source

Library of Congress, Woodrow Wilson Papers

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Contributor

Language

English

Provenance

Document scan was taken from Library of Congress microfilm reel of the Wilson Papers. WWPL volunteers transcribed the text.

Text

CONFIDENTIAL

My dear Mr. Secretary:

Will you not be kind enough to have the following message coded and sent to Mr. House at Paris as promptly as possible?

“Please express to the French and British authorities our hope and expectation that they will entirely remove the present political censorship upon American press dispatches. Now that the argument of military necessity no longer obtains, there can be no good reason why the character of the political information supplied to our people should be determined by the British and French Governments, and there is danger of a very serious revulsion of feeling on this side of the water, if such a censorship is continued. I hope that you will press the matter very earnestly and very promptly.”

Faithfully yours,
[Woodrow Wilson]


Hon. Robert Lansing,
Secretary of State.

Original Format

Letter

Files

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Collection

Citation

Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, “Woodrow Wilson to Robert Lansing,” 1918 November 18, WWP25496, World War I Letters, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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