July 19, 1919
Woodrow Wilson Lobbies For Ratification of the Treaty of Versailles - A Matter of Gravest Consequence
What Wilson wanted was that the Treaty of Versailles, which he had presented to the Senate just the week before, be ratified as written, without amendments or reservations – and, to that end, he immediately mounted a campaign to convince Republicans, like Senator Sterling of South Dakota, to vote with him. Here, then, he summons Sterling to the White House: “Matters of so grave a consequence are now under consideration,” he says, “that I would very much appreciate an opportunity to have a talk with you about the Treaty and all that it involves.”
Typed Letter Signed, as President, 1 page, quarto, The White House, Washington, July 19, 1919. To Senator Thomas Sterling.