27th President. Autograph note signed (ANS) “Wm. H. Taft”, one page, 5.5 x 9, January 30, 1919. Taft’s handwritten note, penned at the bottom of an extract written in a secretarial hand, in full: “I wish I had time to write this out in my own handwriting but I am much too pressed. Wm. H. Taft January 30, 1919.”
The extract, headed “Squaring Terms of Peace with Right and Justice,” copied from the New York Herald (“courtesy of the Philadelphia Ledger, Nov. 11, 1918”), in full: “The greatest war is nearly over. Killing and wounding will cease but the burden of squaring the terms of peace with right and justice and practical operation is as great in its way as that of carrying on the war. The doubt in the minds of those who have hesitated in respect to the formation of the league (operations) is not as to its object, but as to the practical possibility of attaining this object. Those who press the league insist there is no escape from it if the peace conference is to result in anything effective. We must have a League of Nations to maintain the conditions which the treaty intends to create. The world war has changed conditions, and its ending offers the greatest opportunity for progress in new paths.”
November 11, 1918 was Armistice Day – the last day of fighting on land, sea and air in World War I.
Double-matted and framed to an overall size 12.25 x 15.75. In fine condition.