Myron T. Herrick to Woodrow Wilson

Identifier

WWP18202

Description

Myron T. Herrick writes to Woodrow Wilson about France's dealings in Latin America.

Source

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

Text

The President,
The White House,
Washington.
Dear Mr. President:

I have learned in a most confidential way through Mr. Chevally, Sub–Director at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, a permanent position, and not subject to change with the administration, that for some years past there has been a persistent and concerted effort by other powers in Central Europe for France to join them in the encouragement of individual and corporate enterprises throughout the Latin Republics and Central America, also to loan money to these Governments, and take from them such pledges of security as would ensure a large control to these Governments, and to use such other means as would tend to prejudice these countries against us, while at the same time pursuing an apparent policy of good will towards us, concealing as far as possible these operations. The press of these Latin countries, which is largely dominant in Europe, and is very generally hostile towards us, seems to me to be evidence of this sinister attitude.Mr. Chevally added that France has at all times flatly refused to cooperate along any of these lines, on account of her friendly relations with us. The attitude of the President and of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in this recent crisis would indicate that their policy is consistent with this statement, for there is every evidence that France is doing all in her power to carry out the wishes of our Government in the present situation, and that she is sincerely desirous of the success of your, policy in Mexico.
I feel that this information is of such a nature that I would like to communicate it to you personally and not have it placed on file, on account of the gentleman who gave it to me, and with whom I am on most pleasant terms.

I have the honor to be, Mr. President,
Your obedient servant,
Myron T. Herrick

Original Format

Letter

Files

http://resources.presidentwilson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Temp00671.pdf

Citation

Herrick, Myron T. (Myron Timothy), 1854-1929, “Myron T. Herrick to Woodrow Wilson,” 1913 December 2, WWP18202, First Year Wilson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.