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PRESIDENT WILLIAM H. TAFT - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/23/1910 - HFSID 4344

WILLIAM H. TAFT William Taft writes a letter in support of having peace but also keeping the army and navy to make sure that peace is secure. Typed Letter Signed: "Wm H Taft" as 27th U.S. President, 1p, 7x9. The White House, Washington, 1910 April 23.

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WILLIAM H. TAFT
William Taft writes a letter in support of having peace but also keeping the army and navy to make sure that peace is secure.
Typed Letter Signed: "Wm H Taft" as 27th U.S. President, 1p, 7x9. The White House, Washington, 1910 April 23. To Arthur Deerin Call, New England Arbitration and Peace Congress, Hartford, Conn. In full: "I have your letter of April 22nd, and am glad to know that the New England Arbitration and Peace Congress is to hold an important meeting from May 8th to 11th. I have on more than one occasion expressed myself as being in favor of international peace and in favor of arbitration to secure it, and I also dwelt on the subject in my Inaugural Address. That does not mean, however, that I am in favor of a country giving up that which we now use for the purpose of securing peace, to wit, our army and our navy, because I believe that the expense of armament is working toward peace. I earnestly hope that your meeting will be productive of much good in the promotion of permanent peace, and I wish you every success in your efforts in this direction." From President Taft's March 4, 1909 inaugural address, delivered in the Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol (moved indoors because of a blizzard): "Our international policy is always to promote peace. We shall enter into any war with a full consciousness of the awful consequences that it always entails, whether successful or not, and we, of course, shall make every effort consistent with national honor and the highest national interest to avoid a resort to arms. We favor every instrumentality, like that of the Hague Tribunal and arbitration treaties made with a view to its use in all international controversies, in order to maintain peace and to avoid war." Lightly creased, touching signature. Light transference of type.

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