PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/22/1921 - HFSID 347966
Sale Price $3,400.00
The President of the United States autographed this letter in 1921 lamenting the country's decision to not join the League of Nations
Typed Letter Signed, "Woodrow Wilson" on a 7x9 one-page letter. Dated January 22, 1921. On White House letterhead stationery. Six weeks before leaving office, a physically depleted Wilson writes to editor and pacifist Edward Bok, discussing his plans to talk about the League of Nations during his pending retirement. Wilson had conceived the League of Nations to settle disputes without wars, but America never joined the body because Congress did not ratify the Treaty of Versailles. Wilson, who suffered a stroke in 1919, lobbied heavily but unsuccessfully for the ratification of the Treaty, but the United States was the only one of 32 Allied powers that did not accept the Treaty. Wilson's letter states in part: “Thank you for your letter of the nineteenth and your renewal of the suggestion that I speak in Philadelphia on the League of Nations after my retirement from office. I think it depends very much upon the development of affairs whether it would be profitable for me to speak upon the League of Nations or not, but you may be sure that I shall avail myself of every proper opportunity to press a cause which I am sure must win in the long run. poor figure outside the League, that is certain" Framed handsome mahogany frame with a swirled burl accent and gold accent, gold filets, beige silk mat, color portrait photograph, engraved historical plates. Recipient Edward W. Bok - (1861-1930) edited Ladies Home Journal (1889-1919) and helped innovate household architecture in the United States. His autobiography The Americanization of Edward Bok won a 1921 Pulitzer Prize, and he worked for civic improvements and world peace. Frame lightly chipped in back corners. Otherwise, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 31¼x22.
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