Woodrow Wilson to Porter James McCumber
I value your letter of the twenty-seventh. It is just such frank expressions of opinion that help me most.
I feel very much as you do about the lifting of the embargo but have again and again been driven in my mind to the conclusion that it is an inevitable course of action in the circumstances, but I want to assure you that I have done everything possible to convince myself that the Constitutionalists are coming to a true realization of their public international responsibility as their cause moves forward and that they will henceforth attempt to act, as far as the circumstances of civil war permit, in the spirit of modern regulations. I have sought to assure myself in this matter in many ways because I have felt the burden of the responsibility which you, yourself, suggest in the matter.
Hon. P. J. McCumber
,United States Senate.