Herbert Hoover to Joseph P. Tumulty

Identifier

WWP19241

Description

Herbert Hoover tells Joseph Tumulty of the need to reassure the public of the abundance of food in order to prevent panic and hoarding of food that would results in a shortage to distribute to the Allies.

Source

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

Publisher

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum

Language

English

Text

My dear Tumulty

I have a letter from Mr. Edmonds and note his views on the actual shortage in production being a better reason for conservation than the necessity of supplying our Allies.

We have, of course, realized all this, but if we want to start nhousehold hoarding in this country, that cry would do it over-night. We are having a frantic time to stop it, and now our only weapon is to preach an abundance for our own need and a surplus for the Allies, if we save.

The public attitude on food is a delicate thing when there is a breath of shortage, and no matter what the argument on shortage may be, it is bound to start a panic.

Yours faithfully,
[Hoover]

Original Format

Letter

Files

http://resources.presidentwilson.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/D09258.pdf

Citation

Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Joseph P. Tumulty,” 1917 November 1, WWP19241, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.