Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson




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


Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum




Mr. President

I am informed that my cable, which I dispatched to Lloyd George and of which you have a copy, was delivered to him on the 17th. I am also informed that he considers that the Belgian Relief should have priority over other war needs and in any event the British Government has acted at once by offering to find one-half of the tonnage necessary to support the Belgian Relief and has assigned already, for immediate loading, four ships. This is contingent upon the United States Shipping Board’s assigning one-half the necessary tonnage paripassu with the British. Our Shipping Board has been directly advised of these arrangements.

I am happy to state that this apparently reverses the attitude of mind expressed from the inquiry sent through the various departments here to various departments in England and I am sincerely in hopes that you can see your way to complete the matter by giving positive directions to the Shipping Board that they should at once undertake to comply with this arrangement in preference to other war measures.

Yours faithfully,
[Herbert Hoover]

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Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964, “Herbert Hoover to Woodrow Wilson,” 1918 May 20, WWP19420, Hoover Institute at Stanford University Collection, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.

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