Norman Hapgood to Woodrow Wilson




Norman Hapgood, new editor of Harper’s Weekly, asks Woodrow Wilson to write something for the publication at his convenience.


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


office of the president

My dear Mr. President

I believe Colonel House has told you that I am about to go back to journalism, as editor of Harper’s Weekly. I am anxious to have the paper become as active and popular as possible in the really progressive movements of the day. Of course, the best possible way of putting such a stamp on the paper, would be to publish something by you, but I am afraid the chance of your having anything on hand that you would be willing to have us use, is very slight. Possibly, however, if your rush lets up at all, you may be able to make a suggestion from time to time about desirable points for us to emphasize. I need hardly say that any assistance from you will be of the greatest value, and will be deeply appreciated.
I am sure that the enlightened public opinion of this country is most enthusiastically pleased with what you have been doing.

With very best wishes,
Yours very sincerely,
Norman Hapgood

Honorable Woodrow Wilson,
White House,
Washington, DC

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Hapgood, Norman, 1868-1937, “Norman Hapgood to Woodrow Wilson,” 1913 May 20, WWP17771, First Year Wilson Papers, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.