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interview, Warren Harding, Howard Taft, Henry P. Fletcher, Saint Petersburg, Tokyo, Philander Knox
A handwritten letter from Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson to Philander Knox, dated March 8, 1921. Within, Wilson updates Knox on an interview he undertook for a potential foreign diplomatic post.
Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson
Philander C. Knox
Folder 1-12, Document 7
March 8, 1921
My interview with Fletcher, that I said I would report to you, was very pleasant. It seems good to have “white men” in the Department again, - and some friends.
My position, as I explained it to Fletcher, is that if they have something worthwhile to offer me I should like to consider it. I said I had mentioned Rome, Madrid, or Tokio to you. He said he did not know that any posts had been promised. And he said I ought to ask you to present my record and case to the President; and he expressed the conviction that if you asked for anything for me I should get it. I told him of Taft’s offer of Petrograd 10 years ago and his later not wanting it publicly recorded, and I said that I should want any offer made me now to be one that could be part of my record whether I accepted or not. I also let him understand that I, naturally, was not going to enter the scramble for office. For brevity I state quite boldly what were parts of a very agreeable talk. Oh, he also said he thought my place of residence did not matter.
I do hope you will feel much better in a day or two, I am leaving this on my way to the train
[I had spoken of probably moving back to Philadelphia and he'd said now I might be accredited to [Illinois], Pa, or N.J., I supposed.]
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Huntington-Wilson, Francis Mairs, "Letter From Francis Mairs Huntington-Wilson to Philander Knox, March 8, 1921" (1921). Documents, 1919-1938. 18.