William Gibbs McAdoo to Woodrow Wilson
Some time ago I begged you to review the proposed inscriptions to be placed on the new Post Office building in Washington. This you were good enough to do. I had no idea until the receipt of the enclosed letter from Mr. Anderson, of the firm of D. H. Burnham and Company, Architects, of Chicago, that Doctor Eliot had any part in this matter. I enclose (1) copy of Doctor Eliot’s original draft, and (2) copy of Doctor Eliot’s draft with your suggestions.
In the circumstances would it, in your opinion, be better to adopt Doctor Eliot’s draft, or shall I take the responsibility myself of suggesting the changes to him, not necessarily as being upon your suggestion, but upon my own? I must say that you improved the inscriptions very much, and I should prefer to adopt your suggestions if it can be done without offense to Doctor Eliot.
Cordially and faithfully yours,
The White House.