Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson




Herbert Hoover says that deferring the Food Campaign will result in loss of expense and endanger the campaign completely.


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


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum




Dear Mr. Tumulty

I had a discussion with the President yesterday about delaying the Food Campaign, and he offered to write me a letter which we can transmit to our some three-hundred thousand volunteers that we have worked on this job.

The deferring of this campaign not only means a great deal of loss of expense, but is likely to break the campaign down unless we can have a strong helpful letter from the President.

As Mr. McAdoo is very anxious to get this matter cleared up at an early moment, I want to ask you to bring it to the President’s attention and ask him if he would be so kind as to sign this letter sometime today and make the alterations in it that he thinks desirable.

We have worked for two and a half months to prepare this great orgy in food conservation, and it hits us pretty hard. We set our dates on the early assurances of the Treasury that they would not come on with the new loan until November. We do not complain, but I want to be able to try to hold this organization together if I can.

Yours faithfully,

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Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1917 October 10, WWP19211, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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