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July 19, 1919

Woodrow Wilson Lobbies For Ratification of the Treaty of Versailles - A Matter of Gravest Consequence

Typed Letter Signed
1 page
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.