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The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume I   By: (1870-1949)

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[Illustration: Walter H. Page]

THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF WALTER H. PAGE

BY BURTON J. HENDRICK

VOLUME I

GARDEN CITY NEW YORK DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY 1922

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES AT THE COUNTRY LIFE PRESS, GARDEN CITY, N.Y.

First Edition after the printing of 377 de luxe copies

PREFATORY NOTE

Among the many who have assisted in the preparation of this Biography especial acknowledgment is made to Mr. Irwin Laughlin, First Secretary and Counsellor of the London Embassy under Mr. Page. Mr. Page's papers show the high regard which he entertained for Mr. Laughlin's abilities and character, and the author similarly has found Mr. Laughlin's assistance indispensable. Mr. Laughlin has had the goodness to read the manuscript and make numerous suggestions, all for the purpose of re├źnforcing the accuracy of the narrative. The author gratefully remembers many long conversations with Viscount Grey of Fallodon, in which Anglo American relations from 1913 to 1916 were exhaustively canvassed and many side lights thrown upon Mr. Page's conduct of his difficult and delicate duties. The British Foreign Office most courteously gave the writer permission to examine a large number of documents in its archives bearing upon Mr. Page's ambassadorship and consented to the publication of several of the most important.

B.J.H.

CONTENTS

VOLUME I

CHAPTER PAGE I. A RECONSTRUCTION BOYHOOD 1 II. JOURNALISM 32 III. "THE FORGOTTEN MAN" 64 IV. THE WILSONIAN ERA BEGINS 102 V. ENGLAND BEFORE THE WAR 132 VI. "POLICY" AND "PRINCIPLE" IN MEXICO 175 VII. PERSONALITIES OF THE MEXICAN PROBLEM 215 VIII. HONOUR AND DISHONOUR IN PANAMA 232 IX. AMERICA TRIES TO PREVENT THE EUROPEAN WAR 270 X. THE GRAND SMASH 301 XI. ENGLAND UNDER THE STRESS OF WAR 327 XII. "WAGING NEUTRALITY" 357 XIII. GERMANY'S FIRST PEACE DRIVES 398

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Walter H. Page Frontispiece

Allison Francis Page (1824 1899), father of Walter H. Page 20

Catherine Raboteau Page (1831 1897), mother of Walter H. Page 21

Walter H. Page in 1876, when he was a Fellow of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md. 36

Basil L. Gildersleeve, Professor of Greek, Johns Hopkins University, 1876 1915 37

Walter H. Page (1899) from a photograph taken when he was editor of the Atlantic Monthly 100

Dr. Wallace Buttrick, President of the General Education Board 101

Charles D. McIver, of Greensboro, North Carolina, a leader in the cause of Southern Education 116

Woodrow Wilson in 1912 117

Walter H. Page, from a photograph taken a few years before he became American Ambassador to Great Britain 292

The British Foreign Office, Downing Street 293

No. 6 Grosvenor Square, the American Embassy under Mr. Page 308

Irwin Laughlin, Secretary of the American Embassy at London, 1912 1917, Counsellor 1916 1919 309

THE

LIFE AND LETTERS

OF

WALTER H. PAGE

THE LIFE AND LETTERS OF WALTER H. PAGE

CHAPTER I

A RECONSTRUCTION BOYHOOD

I

The earliest recollections of any man have great biographical interest, and this is especially the case with Walter Page, for not the least dramatic aspect of his life was that it spanned the two greatest wars in history. Page spent his last weeks in England, at Sandwich, on the coast of Kent; every day and every night he could hear the pounding of the great guns in France, as the Germans were making their last desperate attempt to reach Paris or the Channel ports... Continue reading book >>


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