Woodrow Wilson to Herbert Hoover

Identifier

WWP19212

Description

Woodrow Wilson asks Herbert Hoover to defer the Food Campaign one week in order to allow the Liberty Loan to finish and proved for better reception of both.

Source

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

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Language

English

Text

THE WHITE HOUSE
WASHINGTON

My dear Mr. Hoover

The exigencies of the Treasury have required setting the final week of the Liberty Loan Campaign during the period of October 21st to October 28th. This, I understand, brings it into the same week as the Food Conservation Pledge Campaign. It seems to me undesirable in the interest of both these capital matters that this should occur. In all the circumstances, therefore, I would be glad if the Pledge Campaign could be deferred one week, that is, until October 28th to November 4th.

In asking this alteration of the plans of yourself and your associates, I should like to take this occasion to impress upon them that I in no way underrate the importance of their effort. If we are to supply our Allies with the necessary food, and are to reduce our own prices of foodstuffs during the coming winter, it can only be accomplished by the utmost self-denial and service on the part of all our people through the elimination of waste and by rigid economy in the use of food.

Therefore, I would be glad if you would convey to all of your staff throughout the country my feeling of the prime importance of their plans and their work. I wish particularly to express my great appreciation of the service which this additional tax on their time will impose upon the many thousand volunteers who have already deferred their own concerns to public interest in this important work. I ask them not to allow this alteration in programme to dampen their fine enthusiasm, but, rather, to redouble their energies in their very great branch of national service.

Cordially and sincerely yours,
(Signed) WOODROW WILSON

Original Format

Letter

Files

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Citation

Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, “Woodrow Wilson to Herbert Hoover,” 1917 October 10, WWP19212, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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