Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson




On behalf of the American Commission for Relief in Belgium, Herbert Hoover says there is no hope for real peace or safety in the United States until Germany has been defeated.


Hoover-Wilson Correspondence, Hoover Institution, Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford, California


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum




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2.50 AM April 4, 1917


B2Co (WU)

London 169

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

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Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1917 April 4, WWP19060, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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