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Infidelity & Treason! [Warren Harding, 1917]

Infidelity & Treason! [Warren Harding, 1917]

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Written as United States senator from Ohio to Phillips, his longtime mistress, about his recent trip to Columbus and Marion, Ohio, to visit a sick brother. Writes that he approves the neutrality policy towards Germany but fears that war will still come. He also cautions her regarding her pro-German views.
Written as United States senator from Ohio to Phillips, his longtime mistress, about his recent trip to Columbus and Marion, Ohio, to visit a sick brother. Writes that he approves the neutrality policy towards Germany but fears that war will still come. He also cautions her regarding her pro-German views.

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Warren G. Harding to Carrie F. Phillips
Washington, D.C., February 4, 1917.Autograph letter signed, 3 pages.Mrs. JE Phillips – Marion, Ohio.Feby 4My Dear Sis:The Reception cards (very pretty) came duly to hand, and I thank you for Rememberingme. I wish it was possible for me to drop in and offer my greetings. I know you will have a beautiful party because you know how to do it and have the capacity to do all things well. It isno flattery to accord you that distinction. Since I cant have the pleasure of attending, I do wantto wish you a brilliant success.I was in Columbus last week, called there by brother’s illness, and spent two hours inMarion from five to seven Friday night, but I did not have time to call anybody, even bytelephone. I meant to greet the Phillips’s by telephone from the union station, but arrived thereonly as my train pulled in. I was so anxious at that time about brother’s illness that I was not in acheerful mood. I am rejoiced now to know he has good prospects of recovering.I see by the press that James Eaten has been the wheel
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I suppose you are not a little perturbed over the diplomatic break with Germany. Really Ido not see any other course which reasonably might have been adopted. Ruthlessness on theseas to neutral commerce does not harmonize with the advocacy of the freedom of the seas, onwhich I thought that Germany and the United States might agree. I fear it means war, and praythat it does not. I know you are in rebellion, but I think I ought say to you that only two men inall the congress opposed the action thus far taken – though there are many pro–Germansympathizers in congress who are as Earnest as you. Senator Gallinger is an Extreme pro– German, so is Townsend, Hoke Smith, Stone, [Hitchcock] and Reed, but they all agree thatGermany made any other course impossible. I do not Expect to modify your sympathies. I hopewe shall not be forced to actual conflict. Few, if any, here, actually know the inner motives of 
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