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Diary of Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels

1918                      WEDNESDAY 15                       MAY

     Went to Polo Grounds1 to see first airplane carry letters to New York- I wrote one to Josephus2 and received three – President, Mrs Wilson, Burleson3 & others down

Conference with Baker & Solicitor General Davis-4 Clerk in C&R had written he had secured contract for certain parties at highest prices by using much bull on Asst. Secretary-5 They had letter also written by clerk in War Dept. about same line- Lawyers & others get commissions on orders obtained- We will change form of contracts & prosecute men guilty

     Baker spoke at N.C. Society6 – I introduced him

Source Note: D, DLC-MSS, Josephus Daniels Papers, Diaries, Roll 1.

Footnote 1: The Polo Grounds was the name of the stadium that was used (at that time) by both the New York Yankees and the New York Giants baseball teams, in addition to hosting other events. It has since been demolished and is now the site of apartment complexes. https://www.ballparksofbaseball.com/ballparks/polo-grounds/

Footnote 2: Daniels’ son, also named Josephus, who was serving in the Marine Corps.

Footnote 3: WoodrowWilson, First Lady Edith Wilson, and Postmaster General Albert S. Burleson.

Footnote 4: Secretary of War Newton D. Baker and Solicitor General John Davis.

Footnote 5: Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Delano Roosevelt. From the published edition of Daniels’ diary: “It is not clear how seriously Daniels took this charge against...Roosevelt, or whether he advised Roosevelt of it.” See: Daniels Dairy, 26 June 1918.

Footnote 6: It is not clear what society this refers to. Daniels was from North Carolina.

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