by Taft, William Howard
MY DEAR MR. McADOO: ON BEHALF OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE LEAGUE TO ENFORCE PEACE, I REQUEST THE PLEASURE OF YOUR COMPANY AT LUNCHEON AT THE NEW WILLARD HOTEL, WASHINGTON, D.C., FRIDAY, MAY THE TWENTY-SIXTH, AT HALF AFTER TWELVE O'CLOCK. SOME VERY IMPORTANT PLANS WHICH INVOLVE THE WHOLE FUTURE OF THE LEAGUE'S OPERATIONS ARE TO BE CONSIDERED AT THIS PRIVATE INFORMAL AFFAIR. I TRUST THAT YOU WILL FIND IT POSSIBLE TO BE PRESENT WITH US AND ASSIST IN FORMULATING PLANS FOR THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN WHICH SHOULD BE UNDERTAKEN IF THE LEAGUE'S PRINCIPLES ARE TO BECOME A PART OF THE LIFE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES. | VERY TRULY YOURS, WM. H. TAFT | PRESIDENT." At head of letter in stationer's type: "League to Enforce Peace, American Branch, *William Howard Taft, President." 8-1/2" x 11". A few very short closed tears at blank edges, light paper clip mark at head. Very Good. Apparently Taft's signature, and certainly expressing his sentiments.
The League to Enforce Peace was founded in 1915 to work for a league of nations, a world court, and mandatory international conciliation. It supported the American war effort, and influenced President Wilson to support the League of Nations. (Inventory #: 33508)