August 9, 1916
My dear Mr. Secretary:
Thank you sincerely for your letter of August fifth. I think you are entirely right in your judgement about a special investigation at this time into the things underlying the controversy between the men and the railroads. I think such a special inquiry would be a very great mistake at this time, and the reasons you give are certainly entirely convincing to me.
I am glad that you have a department man on the spot watching the course of things, and I sincerely hope you will let me know the moment it seems wise for me to do anything in the matter.
Cordially and sincerely yours,