Woodrow Wilson to John Sharp Williams
I have your letter of January twenty–first and was genuinely sorry that you feel disinclined to agree to the proposal for a trade commission. I can only hope that when you see the bill and the simple lines upon which it is drawn, your judgment will be altered. Through the Bureau of Corporations, I have made a pretty thorough canvass of the business opinion of the country and I find that the business men themselves desire nothing so much as a trade commission. It is quite possible to gratify them without launching out upon a dangerous experiment. I hope sincerely that you will get hold of a copy of the bill which Judge Clayton of the House introduced on the subject and read it, if you have not already done so. It is a matter to which I have given the most studied attention, because I am as anxious as anyone can be not to start in the wrong direction. I hope that you will find this a safe and sensible bill.Cordially and faithfully yours,
Hon. John Sharp Williams,
United States Senate.