William Jennings Bryan to Woodrow Wilson
I enclose a proposition made by the gentlemen whom you met yesterday in Mr. Tumulty’s room. The suggestion they make is a new one, and it strikes me very favorably. I have indicated on the margin and underscored the words. Instead of asking for the recognition of Huerta, they suggest that Huerta be notified that this Government will recognize a constitutional President, if the Congress will call an election for an early date, and supervise the election so as to give a fair chance for an expression of the opinion of the people. You will notice that the gentlemen who called say:
“We would be glad to offer such aid as is within our power to effect an early election to the presidency, to the end that such a constituted President, installed and approved by the present regularly elected Congress, may receive the recognition of the United States Government.”
If you will make an appointment for any time tomorrow, I would like to go over the matter with you. This seems to me to offer a way out.
The White House.