Woodrow Wilson to Benjamin Franklin Shively
I think I ought not to let the ratification of the arbitration treaties pass without expressing the admiration I feel and the deep appreciation of the way in which you have executed the duties which have so unexpectedly fallen upon you as the ranking member of the Committee on Foreign Relations. The sudden death of Senator Bacon and the temporary illness of Senator Stone brought these duties upon you without warning and you have certainly performed them in a way which deserves the gratitude of the country. The ratification of the treaties was of the deepest importance to the country and involved matters which you handled with singular delicacy and success.
What you have done in this matter, however, is only of a piece with what you have done thoughout the period during which I have had the pleasure of being associated with you. I have always felt secure in turning to you for support and assistance in any of the great matters which concern the welfare of the country and the success of the party.
Hon. Benjamin F. Shively,
United States Senate.