Herbert Hoover to Joseph P. Tumulty

Identifier

WWP19326

Description

In reference to the letter from Mr. Reid, Herbert Hoover tells Tumulty that he would prefer such organizations to support food conservation efforts by excluding items from their menus that they are trying to save.

Source

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

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Language

English

Text

- C O P Y -

Dear Mr. Tumulty

In regard to letter from Mr. Reid on character of banquets.

I have continually refrained from preaching to the American people, except on the one text, and that is to save food, as I do not consider it part of my job to be a gloom aertist. It is my impression that if all of this sort of organizations would exclude from their menus the foodstuffs that we are endeavoring to save, and if they would limit their menus to three or four course, they would be doing a National service. Certainly, simplicity of living is not abstination and is necessary for the successful conduct of the War, in addition to the emphasis we try to lay on the saving of certain commodities.

Faithfully yours,
[Herbert Hoover]

Original Format

Letter

Files

http://resources.presidentwilson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/D09334.pdf

Citation

Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Joseph P. Tumulty,” 1918 January 12, WWP19326, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.