George Beverly Winton to Josephus Daniels, February 14, 1920


New York, Feb. 14, 1920.

Hon. Josephus Daniels,
Secretary of the Navy,
Washington, D.C.

Dear Mr. Daniels:

The political enemies of President Wilson have counted confidently on making his Mexican policy a point of attack. As a matter of fact it is an asset and not a liability. Everything now points to a full vindication of it by events in Mexico.

Mr. Fletcher and Mr. Lansing were unsympathetic and have done much harm. It seems important, therefore, that to those of us who are friends both of Mr. Wilson and Mexico, that he send at once a sympathetic representative to that country. This will guarantee the proper culmination of his previous efforts. It would seem that he owes it to himself, to the two countries and to his party to see that the capstone is put upon his admirable work.

A man is in sight and will be brought to his attention. I will not name him. He is from Boston, and that may serve in a measure to disarm Mr. Lodge. The oil people will, of course, be implacable. But it is time the public know whether in all matters related to Mexico they are to continue dominating the Senate.

Sincerely yours,

G. B. Winton.