April 9, 1917.
My Dear Friend:
What shall I do? This war breaks my heart. Send me what you have written since Bryan enlisted -- for instance. Are you with Bryan?
Do you accept President Wilson's war message on its face value? Is that final with you?
I hate a hyphenated American. I hate war. But I owe no one in Europe a grudge. I would rather be shot than shoot anybody. If I had been in Congress I would have voted with Miss Rankin and would have considered it a sufficient reason to say "I will not vote for war till she does."
Please write me a tract, or send a clipping. With all respect
Nicholas Vachel Lindsay