PRESIDENT WOODROW WILSON - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/11/1912 CO-SIGNED BY: ELSTON RALSTON LOVELL GOULD - HFSID 5952
Sale Price $1,020.00
The President-elect thanks advisor E.R.L. Gould after the presidential election. Plus, a retained draft of an important autograph letter signed by Gould to Wilson from the 1912 Democratic convention about Wilson's opponents for the nomination (Clark, Underwood and Bryan).
Comprises: (1) Typed Letter Signed: "Woodrow Wilson" as President-elect, 1p, 8x9¾. Bermuda, 1912 December 11.To Mr. E.R.L. Gould, New York City.In full: "Your letter of November 13th has been forwarded to me from my office in Trenton. I thank you for it most sincerely. You may be sure that I shall welcome opportunities to talk things over with you, and I hope those opportunities will not be infrequent, even in the busy years to come. I know the opportunities you have had to study some of the things I shall have to deal with." Lightly creased. Folds, none touching signature. Fine condition. (2) Draft of an important Autograph Letter Signed: "E.R.L. Gould", 1p, 8½x11. Baltimore, 1912 June 27.Written to Wilson during the Democratic National Convention at which he would be nominated for President.In full:"I have been here since the opening of the convention and things have changed greatly in your favor. 1) The Clark forces cannot hold their forces together after the first ballot or second any way. Too many are hearing from their constituents. I saw some of these telegrams yesterday. 2) Underwood's vote will largely go to you after the first two or three ballots. I have been working especially on this contingent. 3) The breaking of the unit rule helps you tremendously. Bryan has also another good thing in reserve for to-day. 4) I have seen some who are near the seat of 'the interests' whom I know well. Their whole attitude of confidence has changed. But they are determined to beat you. One has just told me that very possibility. If Bryan holds firm and refuses the nomination under any circumstances you can't be beaten. I shall be in New York Monday and ready for your further service. I feel sure you will win." Lightly creased, folds, else fine condition. (3) Gould's retained copy of his December 6, 1912 typed letter to Wilsonin Hamilton, Bermuda, inviting him to the annual dinner of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Association for the States of New York and New Jersey of which he was President. Folds, lightly creased, else fine. When the Democratic National Convention opened at Baltimore's Fifth Maryland Regiment Armory on June 25, 1912, 545 votes were needed for the Party's presidential nomination. On the first ballot, Speaker of the House CHAMP CLARK received 440½ votes and WILSON was second with 324 votes. Ohio Governor Judson Harmon, third with 148, was followed by House floor leader OSCAR W. UNDERWOOD with 117½. As hoped for by Gould, WILLIAM J. BRYAN, the unsuccessful Democratic nominee in 1896, 1900 and 1908, refused to be a compromise candidate. What was unexpected was Bryan throwing his support to Wilson. Finally, on July 2, 1912, on the 46th ballot, Wilson won the nomination.ELGIN RALSTON LOVELL GOULD(1860-1915) was a respected economist who taught at various universities and contributed studies on labor statistics and social trends for the U.S. government. He was also a businessman who developed a limited dividend corporation for moderately priced housing. Three items.
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