George Mason La Monte to Woodrow Wilson
I was very glad to receive your letter of the 29th inst this morning. It is a source of satisfaction to me to know that I can write to you frankly and that you like to have me do so.
The fact is, every anti- Wilson man that I have met in the State of New Jersey is in a jubilant frame of mind. For instance, I know that Mr. Smith has expressed great satisfaction because the one thing that he wished to accomplish was the elimination of Mr. Wittpenn.
Yesterday morning Teddy Edwards entered my office wreathed in smiles and invited me to take a front seat on the band wagon, saying that “this shows what will happen to any man who bucks up against the influence of the First National Bank and its ramifications.” So there seems to be a general impression that your friends have suffered and have to eat “crow” for their health’s sake.
Of course, I know that you meant to get all the information that you could before acting, but here at least is one man who thinks he could have contributed to the fund of information if he had been given an opportunity to do so. I know perfectly well on wthat your time is occupied, and therefore, I do not intend at any time to push my views forward unless they are asked for; but I am always ready to be at your service, and if it were not for my intense interest in the administration I probably would not feel as badly as I do at the present time
.Mrs. LaMonte and I were talking the other day about how different this Summer was from last Summer and were wishing that you were nearer by and that we might have the pleasure of dropping in on you occasionally as we did then.
Geo. M. LaMonte
PS In looking over the above I find that I have not said all I wanted to. I think that Mr. Fielder will undoubtedly be nominated and elected, but that will be largely because of the weakness of the opposition and not because of the Democratic strength. I wish we could win because we deserve to.
The Independent Progressive Democratic vote is now headed toward Colby. I do not see how Mr. Fielder’s campaign is going to be made to appeal to the independent voter. He will undoubtedly get some of the stand-pat Republican vote and some of the vote of the Smith Republicans, but he will not get the entire Democratic vote.
I also feel that I ought to say that I think there is not any human relationship in which the heart should not play a part, and perhaps it is because of the coldness of your letter to Mr. Wittpenn that it hurts so much. IM