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WWI letter to Emily Gladys Bartlett
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Edward Wirt's unit remained in France near Dijon in the Cote d'Or department (province) -about 120 miles east of Paris- for several months after the war. They did relief work and waited for a peace treaty to be signed. Wirt refers to the Versailles Conference then underway, which sought to resolve all of Europe's problems. As Wirt was writing this letter in mid-March, the conference's unwieldy structure had caused all decision-making to grind to a standstill. Eventually, a smaller group of leading powers within the conference would work out a deal to create a final treaty. Wirt's concerns about the League of Nations - that America would "always be drawn into these scrapes over here" - were widespread among Americans. The U.S. Senate shared them: when it came time to ratify the various treaties signed at Versailles they would vote most of them down.
<BR>There are ninety letters from Mr. Wirt to Miss Bartlett in the PVMA collection; twelve of them are reproduced here.
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