THE WHITE HOUSE
My dear Hurlty:
As Chairman of the Shipping Board, you have done work of a very exceptional character both at home and abroad, and it is with genuine and very deep regret that I accept your resignation, only because you desire me to do so. It would not be just to insist upon your continuing. Yielding to your wishes, I accept it to take effect the
In more than one capacity you have served the country with distinction in these difficult times, and I am sure that you can carry away from your tasks the sense of duty well performed. No one ever served his country's interests more devotedly than did you, and personally I am deeply grateful to you. I am sure that my gratitude and appreciation are shared by all those who know the importance of the work you have done.
Cordially and sincerely yours,
(signed) WOODROW WILSON
Chairman of the U.S.Shipping Board
UNITED STATES SHIPPING BOARD
My dear Mr. President:
Although I have been anxious to return to private life, ever since
With the extra session already assembled, I feel that the Congressional Committees will have sufficient opportunity between the present date and
You will recall that when I retired as Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission it was with no thought of returning, at a later date, to public life. I want to spend more time with my own family.
We were put to the necessity of creating an entirely new and enormous industry. We had no time to waste, but the whole nation rallied to the call, and the situation was met. Now that we have a very large portion of the fleet we set out to build, the next large problem is one of operation. I have submitted a plan to Congress, which should form the basis for the discussion which will lead to a permanent ship-operating and shipbuilding policy.
I feel that my own work has been done. The Shipping Board and its Emergency Fleet Corporation both are well organized and all that remains is for Congress to work out the legislation that will serve as a compass for the future.
In handing you my resignation, please let me express my heartfelt appreciation of your constant aid, counsel and sympathetic cooperation. Your leadership has been an inspiration to all who have served under you. My whole experience as part of your administrative course has increased my faith in human nature.The remembrance of your generosity and kindness, and the satisfaction of having served under your leadership, in so critical a period, will remain with me always.
With sincere appreciation, I am,
EDWARD N. HURLEY