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use of written and spoken appeals to Congress, to American citizens, and to the public opinion of the world, as has Woodrow Wilson. His utterances have shaped events, not only in the current sense but in the larger aspects of history. His Messages to Congress have been unusual in their frequency, vital in their relation to policies, and notable in the fact that he has appeared in person to present them. All of these Messages are published in this little volume.
Besides these Messages to Congress, however, he has made many important addresses of a semi-official nature since assuming the Presidency, while he has been the author of a series of diplomatic notes and of proclamations relating to international affairs that constitute state papers of the highest significance. These documents also are included in the present volume, together with much material of Presidential authorship relating to the conduct of the war and to the policies of the Government.
The remarkable literary quality of Mr. Wilson's addresses is only eclipsed by their statesmanlike character in relation to public affairs of great moment. His sentences and paragraphs, in their discussion of world affairs, have helped to crystallize the vague longings of right-thinking men in all nations into something like definite policies for permanent peace on the basis of democracy and international justice. This collection of state papers and Presidential utterances is not, therefore, of transitory interest and importance, but of permanent value; and it ought to be in the home and at the hand of every intelligent citizen.
Special Message to Congress, on Mexico (August
27, 1913) 18
Address at Rededication of Congress Hall, Phila-
Address before Southern Commercial Congress,
Mobile, Ala. (October 27, 1913) . . . .82
First Annual Message to Congress (December 2,
Special Message to Congress, on Trusts and
Monopolies (January 20, 1914) .... 47
Proclamations Concerning Shipment of Arms into
Mexico (February 3,1914, and October 19,1915) 65
Instruction to Attorney-General to Sue for Dissolu-
Second Annual Message to Congress (December
8, 1914) 67
Address at Indianapolis, on Jackson Day (January
8, 1915) 80
Third Annual Message to Congress (December 7,
Urging Neutrality on American People (August
19, 1914) 217