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Green Wood Gate, Ashdown Forrest, Sussex, England. July 14, 1919. I have written nothing in the diary since the day after the signing of the Peace Treaty at Versailles. What I have done since is: I motored to Boulogne on Sunday afternoon, June 29th, spent the night there and crossed the Channel on Monday the 30th and came directly to this place to visit my friend, Frank Trumbull of New York. I went almost immediately to London to get in touch with Sunderland House, the temporary home of the League of Nations. On Saturday, July 5th, I motored down to Ichens Abbas near Winchester to visit Edward Grey. He has a cottage there which he uses as a fishing lodge when he wishes to be in seclusion. It is a <sic>primative</sic> place, nothing more than a "shack" but covered with roses and surrounded by beautiful lime trees. He has no room for guests, but puts them up at "The Plow" a near-by inn. We had many long and intimate talks. At last we were able to say "the war is over". He told me many things which were of interest because they bore directly or indirectly upon some of the happenings in Paris, and some of the English public men who had to do with the making of the Treaty. It was inter- esting to hear him say that Lloyd George and Winston Churchill were the only two members of the British Cabinet before the war who were persistently against increasing armaments either by land or sea. Another interesting thing he told me was that when he was in the Cabi- net as Minister for Foreign Affairs, there was never a thought of competing with the United States in naval armaments. The United States was never taken into consideration when "two keels for one" was the policy regarding other countries. He said they did not fear war with the United States, and they did not wish to compete with us because they realized that we could beat them, having more money
|Title||MS 466, Edward Mandell House Papers, Series II, Diaries, Volume 8|
|Creator||House, Edward Mandell, 1858-1938.|
|Call Number||MS 466, Series II|
|Abstract||Series II is arranged in four sections: Diary, "Reminiscences" "Memories" and Logbooks. The series consists of typewritten transcripts of three separate documents prepared over a number of years under Colonel House's personal supervision. The diary proper, dated September 25, 1912 to June 5, 1926, consists of roughly 3,000 pages and is not indexed. It was dictated almost daily to Frances Denton, House’s private secretary, who accompanied him on all his trips abroad. Denton transcribed the entries, resulting in an original typewritten transcript and a carbon copy. The transcripts were reviewed by House, who occasionally made annotations and corrections. (The letters and various documents cited by House in the test of the diary that he intended to insert to complete the records were not added to the diary and remain in the House papers.) The diary provides a daily record of Colonel House's activities from 1912 to 1919, and less elaborate entries from 1920 to 1926. House began to keep a daily record in September 1912 during the presidential campaign and continued almost without interruption until the end of 1912. After concluding the regular entries with a discussion of the Wilson Administration and its legacy of idealism, he made sporadic entries through November of 1926. The work is remarkable for its revelation of House’s frank and personal assessments of the personalities and projects of the era. House augmented the record of his life before and after the diary with the writing of the “Reminiscences” in 1916 and “Memories” about 1928. Also included in Series II is a bound volume containing electrostatic copies of four log books (kept on a day-to-day basis by Colonel House's secretarial staff in Paris) covering the period October 31, 1918 June 29, 1919: the entries recorded therein provide dramatic evidence of the incredible number of "suitors and supplicants" who passed through Colonel House's private offices during the winter and spring of 1918-1919. "Memories" is a transcription from the original manuscript given to the Yale Library in 1929. "Memories" which was received by Charles Seymour in 1929, is a revision of "Reminiscences". "Reminiscences" was transcribed from the original typewritten draft, dated July 1, 1916, and subsequently revised and corrected.|
|Type||Archives and Manuscripts|
|Related Resource||Manuscripts and Archives|
|Related Resource Identifier||http://www.library.yale.edu/mssa/|
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Green Wood Gate, Ashdown Forrest,
July 14, 1919.
I have written nothing in the diary since the day after the signing of
the Peace Treaty at Versailles.
What I have done since is: I motored to Boulogne on Sunday afternoon,
June 29th, spent the night there and crossed the Channel on Monday the 30th
and came directly to this place to visit my friend, Frank Trumbull of New York.
I went almost immediately to London to get in touch with Sunderland House, the
temporary home of the League of Nations.
On Saturday, July 5th, I motored down to Ichens Abbas near Winchester
to visit Edward Grey. He has a cottage there which he uses as a fishing lodge
when he wishes to be in seclusion. It is a