Mabel L. Hyers to Kenneth Spring Coppedge, January 28, 1916


My dear Mr. Coppedge:

I have your letter requesting that Miss Addams give you some reasons why this nation should not ship munitions of war to the belligerents. It is too late at the present [time] to talk about this question, as the fact remains that there are a great many unfilled contracts yet to be sent over. If America was to have taken this stand, it should have been taken long ago, because now to stop shipping munitions would probably mean handing victory to Germany. This would be unneutral.

If the subject for debate has not yet been decided upon definitely, I would suggest that you change the subject to a more vital one.

Sincerely yours

Assistant Secretary.

Mr. Kenneth Coppedge,
Centerville, Ohio.

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