Wilson, Woodrow (1856-1924) Typed Letter Signed, 13 August 1916. Single typed sheet of White House letterhead to William Granville Lee (1859-1919), President of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, regarding the union's labor dispute and impending general strike, calling for a face-to-face meeting whenever Lee could arrive in the capital for negotiations; [together with] typed letter signed by Wilson's secretary, 6 September 1916, presenting a pen with which the Eight Hour Bill was signed (not present); and a copy of the act to establish an eight-hour work day for employees of carriers engaged in interstate and foreign commerce; framed with a portrait of Wilson; the collage titled, The Eight-Hour Day; matted and framed together, 30 x 22 in. overall.
"I have learned with surprise and with keen disappointment that an agreement concerning the settlement of the matters in controversy between the railroads and their employees has proved impossible. A general strike on the railways would at any time have a most far-reaching and injurious effect upon the country. At this time the effect might be disastrous. I feel that I have the right, therefore, to request, and I do hereby request, as the head of the Government, that before any final decision is arrived at I may have a personal conference with you here. I shall hold myself ready to meet you at any time you may be able to reach Washington."
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