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    William H. Taft Typed Letter Signed "Affectionately an[d Sincerely yours], Wm H. Taft". Four pages, 8" x 10.5", New Haven, Connecticut; November 11, 1919. In a letter addressed to his friend and Washington newspaper correspondent, Gus J. Karger, Taft criticizes Woodrow Wilson's management of the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations and also endorses the Suffrage Movement. Written exactly one year after the end of the First World War. Taft believed that President Wilson mishandled the negotiations to ratify the Treaty of Versailles, criticizing Wilson's position of "no reservations". He writes, in part:

    "...Wilson is playing personal politics, and he is sacrificing a great opportunity, to the gratification of his vanity. His especial enemies are laughing in their sleeves at the hole in which he proposes deliberately to step...All the credit that he might well receive, should he direct his people to vote for the treaty with the reservations, will be lost, and the majority of the people will not be with him at all. The majority are in favor of reservations - they don't know which reservations. The idea that he can keep up an issue of that sort and run on it, or have anybody run on it, is prompted by his egotism and his personal vanity, and shows how hollow is his real desire for a League of Nations, except as he may be the author and promoter of it and may have it his way."

    Taft also discusses his support for the Suffrage Movement, despite being in opposition to his own wife's opinion. He writes, "'I am going to a dinner of the Connecticut Suffrage Association tomorrow evening at Bridgeport, and I expect to make a confession of faith. It isn't important, but I have been gradually reaching a conclusion that it is better to bring on suffrage now. I think the energy and organization of the women during the war were most impressive. More than that, I am satisfied that in the new chase for livelihood by women, unless they do have the political power, the trades-unions are likely to keep them out. I became convinced of that in the National War Labor Board. I think the women have absorbed more fully the principles which should be regarded as established by this war than the men, and that more through the women than through the men are we going to realize the benefit of those sacrifices which the war brought about...My wife does not agree with me and a good many of my friends do not, but this is my conviction."

    Condition: Flattened mail folds, with light toning around the edges. A spot of soiling at the top margin of pages three and four. Rust staining from a paper clip at the top left corner.


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