Woodrow Wilson to George M. La Monte




Woodrow Wilson writes to George M. La Monte about his letter to H. Otto Wittpenn and the pending New Jersey gubernatorial election.


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


My dear La Monte:

I am sincerely sorry you feel as you do about the opinion I felt obliged to give as to the gubernatorial situation in New Jersey. You are mistaken in supposing that I acted without sufficient information. I made very diligent inquiry in many quarters from many sorts of people, and it was perfectly clear that it was my duty as the leader of the party to analyze and act upon the facts as I found them. It was a case when I had to choose between friends, very good friends and very true friends. I had to choose with the coolness of one who does not allow his heart to play any part in the matter, and I am confident, in view of what I know of the situation, that I judged rightly. I can only hope that you will agree with me as the situation develops.
It was very pleasent to hear from you, and I am sure Mrs. Wilson and my daughters would join in cordial messages to the family if they were with me.

Woodrow Wilson

Hon. George M. La Monte,
Bound Brook, New Jersey.

Original Format






Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, “Woodrow Wilson to George M. La Monte,” 1913 July 29, WWP17900, First Year Wilson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.