A. Lawrence Lowell to Colonel House
Harvard University, Cambridge
Not on my initiative, I assure you-- though I do not see how I could very well oppose it-- at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the League to Enforce Peace the following vote was passed:
"Resolved, that the Chairman of the Executive Committee be asked to lay before the Government at Washington the advisability of the appointment of a committee in connection with similar committees of our Allies to consider the establishment of a League of Nations now."
Now I do not want to lay this suggestion before President Wilson, because I know that he has already disapproved of it; at least, expressed disapproval of some such plan; and therefore I thought I had better consult you about what had better be done. Although I should not myself have thought it wise to propose such a vote in the League to Enforce Peace, I do think it would be eminently wise for President Wilson to appoint some committee, because, as I said to you the other day, if he does not keep the lead in his own hands, it will pass into the hands of others.
(Signed) A. Lawrence Lowell.
Colonel Edward M. House,