Woodrow Wilson Presidential Letter Signed about "critical and difficult matters" during World War I
Item Number: 10028
28th U.S. President. Typed Letter Signed as president, one page, 7.25" x 9", White House letterhead, February 20, 1918. Wilson went before Congress in January 1918, to enunciate American war aims-- His famous Fourteen Points speech. In it he established the basis of a peace treaty and the foundation of a League of Nations. Following this speech Wilson was criticized by some opponents. A few weeks latter Wilson writes in our letter of his "critical and difficult matters" Wilson writes as President : "I appreciate very warmly your kind letter of February eighteenth. It is very gratifying to have such assurances of your approval of my action in a critical and difficult matter." Wilson's Fourteen Points are important for several reasons. First of all, they translated many of the principles of America into foreign policy: Notions of free trade, open agreements and democracy. Second, the Fourteen Points constituted the only statement by any of the belligerents of their war aims. They thus became the basis for German surrender, and the only criteria by which to judge the peace treaty. Wilson argued that morality and ethics had to be the basis for the foreign policy of a democratic society. Many did not agree with him and his League of nation eventually failed, but the recipient of our letter did agree and endorse his vision. In very good condition, with moderate brushing to signature and letter affixed to a slightly larger sheet of paper.