Cleveland H. Dodge to Woodrow Wilson




Wilson Papers, Library of Congress, Library of Congress, Washington, District of Columbia


My dear Mr. President

During the past two weeks (part of which time you were on your vacation) I have sent to Mr. Tumulty a number of letters and telegrams from Judge Haff from the City of Mexico, asking Mr. Tumulty to use his discretion in showing them either to you or the State Department.
I do not know how valuable Judge Haff’s information has been, but it has thrown some light upon the situation in Mexico which may have been of service. Meanwhile in the last few days the papers which are opposed to your policy have been so energetic in trying to force you to recognize the Huerta Government that I want to express to you how thoroughly I approve of your course and how unwise I think it would be for you to recognize the nominal president of the Mexican Republic.
Many of the large American interests in Mexico would like to see our government recognize the Huera regime, and they, as a rule, make a great hue and cry. On the other hand I have met many men who have interests in Mexico who thoroughly approve of your policy. I had a call yesterday from Mr. ED Morgan, the grandson of the late Governor Morgan, who is interested in a large ranch in Chihuahua and large silver properties further south, both of which have suffered considerably from the present unrest.
He called to impress upon me the fact that Ambassador Wilson was strongly in favor of recognition, and to express his very decided hopes that our government would not be influenced by the views of the Ambassador when he reaches Washington.
After he had left the office he wrote me the enclosed letter, which expresses his sentiments very clearly, and, as he is an influential, well-informed man, I have obtained his consent to forward his letter to you, which I think will interest you.
In talking the matter over with Mr. Vanderlip two days ago he expressed the same sentiments, stated that he did not see how the Huerta Government could continue much longer longer as only fifteen per cent of the loan to his government has been subscribed, and apparently the bankers do not intend to give him much if any of the money unless the United States recognizes him.
I am very glad that you were able to get a good week’s vacation, and sincerely trust that you will not be worn out by the severe strain that you are having in Washington during this summer weather.

Very sincerely yours,

With warm regards


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Dodge, Cleveland H. (Cleveland Hoadley), 1860-1926, “Cleveland H. Dodge to Woodrow Wilson,” 1913 July 18, WWP17875, First Year Wilson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.