Invitation to Hear League of Nations Articles




Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library




Statement for the Press:

Through Secretary Tumulty, the President has sent the following cablegram to each member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the United States Senate and the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives:

"Paris, February 14, 1919

Last night the committee of the conference charged with the duty of drafting a constitution for a League of Nations concluded its work and this afternoon before leaving for the United States it is to be my privilege and duty to read to a plenary session of the conference the text of the 26 articles agreed upon by the committee.

The committee which drafted these articles was fairly representative of the world. Besides the representatives of the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy and Japan, representatives of Belgium, Serbia, China, Greece, Roumania, Czech-o-Slovakia, Poland, Brazil, Portugal, actively participated in the debates and assisted materially in the drafting of this constitution. Each article was passed only after the most careful examination by each member of the committee. There is a good and sufficient reason for the phraseology and substance of each article. I request that I be permitted to go over with you article by article the constitution before this part of the work of the conference is made the subject of debate of Congress. With this in view I request that you dine with me at the White House as soon after I arrive in the United States as my engagements permit.”

The dinner has been arranged for Wednesday evening,

Original Format





Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, “Invitation to Hear League of Nations Articles,” 1919 February 15, WWP20660, Woodrow Wilson Press Statements, Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum, Staunton, Virginia.