Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson
2.50 AM April 4, 1917
RCO President Wilson
The members of the American Commission for Relief in Belgium ask me to transmit to you the expression of
our united devotion and of our admiration for the courage and wisdom of your leadership. We wish to tell you that there is no word in your historic statement to congress but finds response in all our heartsour united views. For two and a half years we have been obliged to remain silent witnesses of the character of the forces dominating this war, but we now are at liberty to say that although we break, with great regret, our association with many German individuals who have given sympathetic support of our work, yet, your message enunciates our conviction, born of our intimate experience and contact, that there is no hope for democracy or liberalism and consequently for real peace inor the worldsafety or our country unless the system which has brought the world into this unfathomable misery can be stamped out at once and for all.
Herbert Hoover, Chairman