Andrew Dickson White papers microfilm reel 72, August 16, 1897-November 1897

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Much of White's time during his first months in Berlin was spent in securing and furnishing an official residence, while conducting his work as Ambassador from a hotel suite. The letters disclose the variety of his diplomatic chores. Businessmen sought specialized information, or asked for introduction to members of the German government. Some businesses mentioned by name are The American Express Co., The Hamburg-American Line, and The National Cash Register Co. Numbers of Americans and German-Americans in trouble asked for direct aid. There are many letters from the first and second secretaries of the Embassy, and from White's personal secretary. One from George M. Fisk on October 21 contains a report he had prepared on German railway fares at the request of a U.S. senator. At the height of the Cuban rebellion Stewart L. Woodford, a former Cornell trustee appointed U.S. Minister to Spain, wrote his views from Madrid on October 12. Fuertes sent his analysis of the Spanish view of the situation on August 24. Following the death of Henry W. Sage at Ithaca, Schurman and Thurston sent accounts, and William H. Sage wrote of his disapproval of enlarging the Cornell Board of Trustees by adding ornamental outsiders chosen for their wealth. In September Angell wrote from Constantinople that the Turks were like the Chinese in delays, evasions, and ruses, In the New York fall election White and Holls supported Seth Low, but the Tammany candidate won. See National Archives, Record Group 59 for the official instructions, dispatches, and notes. This material is also available as National Archives Microfilm Publications, Microcopy Nos. 38, 44, and 77.

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