William Jennings Bryan to Woodrow Wilson
I am sending you herewith a letter just received from Mr. Ham, in regard to the financial situation in Nicaragua.
There is a great deal of justice, I think, in their complaint as viewed from their standpoint; that is they recognize that their interests cut a small figure in our plans, but a very large figure in their own. It must be remembered that Nicaragua has gone farther than any other Central American country in asking us to take part in her affairs, and by so doing she has not only cut herself off from European aid but has aroused some antagonism among her neighbors. We owe it to her, therefore, to render any assistance we can. I have delayed taking up the Nicaraguan treaty before the Committee for fear it might interfere with the consideration of the other treaties which are under discussion in the Senate; yet I think the danger of this treat interfering with those is remote, and I write to ask whether, under the circumstances, it might not be better for me at once to get the opinion of the Committee with a view to having the treaty finally submitted. The serious illness of Senator Bacon may delay us some, but I take it for granted that the Committee would call a meeting during his absence if it would seem necessary.
Very sincerely yours,
Enclosure: From Mr. Ham, dated January 16, 1914.