Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson




Herbert Hoover writes to Woodrow Wilson about difficulty transporting foodstuffs to fulfill needs.


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


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum





Dear Mr. President

I addressed you last on the 89th instant as to our domestic transportation of foodstuffs. Since that date, by a preference in the use of box cars for grain in the western territory, there has been some acceleration in the movement of some of the grains to the terminals. On the other hand the number of cars have not been sufficient to maintain the traffic from the west into the east and have not been sufficient to move Allies supplies of cereal and meat products. In consequence we are faced not only with a renewed failure in Allies shipments, but also our stocks of foodstuffs in the eastern states are steadily diminishing. The Allied Purchasing Committee reports to me that the situation has become now the most ciritical in which they have found themselves since the beginning of the war. There are still great number of box cars on the eastern lines which belong to the west and the movement in the eastern territory is still far below the necessities of the case.

I cannot but feel that we are approaching a very sharp and serious crisis and I feel greatly discouraged over the entire situation.

Yours faithfully,
[Herbert Hoover]

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Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1918 February 19, WWP19346, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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