EARLY in the winter of 1914-1915PresidentWilson apparently foresaw something of the complications likely to arise from the measures and countermeasures taken by the belligerents to secure control of overseas commerce, and sent his personal adviser, Colonel House, across the Atlantic to study the possibilities of reaching a modus vivendi. There was no man so well qualified for the mission. Edward Mandell House was a Texan by birth, but a cosmopolitan by nature. His hobby was practical politics; his avocation the study of history and government. His catholicity of taste is indicated by the nature of his library, which includes numerous volumes not merely on the social sciences but also on philosophy and poetry. His intellectual background was thus no less favorable than his political for the post which he assumed as Wilson's personal adviser. Disqualified by physical delicacy
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Publication information: Book title: Woodrow Wilson and the World War:A Chronicle of Our Own Times. Contributors: Charles Seymour - Author. Publisher: Yale University Press. Place of publication: New Haven, CT. Publication year: 1921. Page number: 47.
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