The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume 1

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Doubleday, Page, 1922 - Ambassadors - 1313 pages

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In The Life & Letters of Walter H. Page, Burton Hendrick has put together an extensive collection of personal correspondence written by American ambassador to Great Britain, Walter Page, and tied it ... Read full review

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Page 356 - The United States must be neutral in fact as well as in name during these days that are to try men's souls. We must be impartial in thought as well as in action, must put a curb upon our sentiments as well as upon every transaction that might be construed as a preference of one party to the struggle before another.
Page 266 - I ask this of you in support of the foreign policy of the administration. I shall not know how to deal with other matters of even greater delicacy and nearer consequence if you do not grant it to me in ungrudging measure.
Page 445 - State tax, the taxes you now levy will seem small and will be increased. According to the last published reports of the Commissioner of Education, the total sum spent per -year per pupil in the public schools was still lower in North Carolina than in any State except South Carolina. It was only $3.40. In Georgia it was nearly $6.50, in Virginia it was nearly $9, in Indiana it was $20, in Michigan nearly $20, in Wisconsin $21, in Minnesota nearly $30, in the new State of North Dakota it was nearly...
Page 414 - Just now we should be particularly jealous of it, because it is our dearest present hope, that this character and reputation may presently, in God's providence, bring us an opportunity such as has seldom been vouchsafed any nation, the opportunity to counsel and obtain peace in the world and reconciliation and a healing settlement of many a matter that has cooled and interrupted the friendship of nations.
Page 270 - May there not come such a chance in Mexico— to clean out bandits, yellow fever, malaria, hookworm— all to make the country healthful, safe for life and investment, and for orderly selfgovernment at last? What we did in Cuba, might thus be made the beginning of a new epoch in history— conquest for the sole benefit of the conquered, worked out by a sanitary reformation.
Page 79 - ... believe in the free public training of both the hands and the mind of every child born of woman. I believe that by the right training of men we add to the wealth of the world.
Page 441 - Page, in the course of an address entitled "The Forgotten Man," said : There are no great libraries in the State, nor do the people yet read, nor have the publishing houses yet reckoned them as patrons, except the publishers of school books.
Page 142 - The future of the world belongs to us. ... Now what are we going to do with this leadership when it falls into our hands? And how can we use the English for the highest uses of democracy?
Page 186 - unctuous rectitude." But this experience that we are having with them will be worth much in future dealings. They already feel very clearly that a different hand has the helm in Washington; and we can drive them hard, if need be, for they will not forfeit our friendship. It is worth something to discover that Downing Street makes many mistakes. Infallibility dwells a long way from them. In this matter they have made two terrible blunders — the recognition of Huerta (they know that now) and the...
Page 157 - If you think it's all play, you fool yourself; I mean this job. There's no end of the work. It consists of these parts : Receiving people for two hours every day, some on some sort of business, some merely to " pay respects," attending to a large (and exceedingly miscellaneous) mail ; going to the Foreign Office on all sorts of errands ; looking up the oddest sort of information that you ever heard of ; making reports to Washington on all sorts of things ; then the so-called social duties — giving...

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