HARRY LANE, Oregon Senator - Signed Letter 3-28-1917 Armed Neutrality Bill (WW1)
HARRY LANE (OREGON SENATOR) - Letter to Rev. Arthur Lane MARCH 28, 1917 (ARMED NEUTRALITY BILL).Three page typed letter on Senate letterhead, plus an introductory typed page, signed by the senator."My dear Arthur: I am in receipt of your letter of recent date, and appreciate your kind expressions in regard to my stand on the Armed Neutrality Bill. I am glad to say that the sentiment in Oregon, as it is presented to me, is overwhelmingly in favor of the position I have taken. I had hoped that we might be able to keep out of war. At any rate we had no right to deprive the people of their constitutional right to declare war. I am sending you enclosed a statement giving my reasons for wishing to secure some changes in this bill. We are being hastened into war. All the agencies of the press, picture shows, etc., are being used to build up sentiment in favor of war. With kind regards and best wishes from Mrs. Lane and myself, I am ... Very truly yours, (signed)." That is from the introduction letter and it is dated March 28, 1917. A little more than a week before we declared war on Germany.I don't have the original mailing envelope and this letter was mailed to a reverend in Albany, Oregon. Cleanly and nicely folded in two places for mailing and with a slight fold crease at center. Nice condition. Rare WWI political history!