LetterToBakerFromDavidCaplovitzFeb1919

Date

1919-02-04

Title

LetterToBakerFromDavidCaplovitzFeb1919

Date

1919-02-04

Description

letter re: son Philip Caplovitz

Subject

request for release from prison of WWI C.O.

Coverage

Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas

Creator

Caplovitz, David

Source

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Publisher

Swarthmore College Peace Collection

Rights

Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Format

image/jpg

Language

English

Type

letter

Identifier

LetterToBakerFeb4th1919.tif

Transcription

New Haven, Conn.

February 4, 1919

Hon. Newton D Baker,

Secretary of State,

Washington, D.C.

Dear Sir:

_________ my son, Philip Caplovitz, was not included among the 113 conscientious objectors who were recently liberated from Fort Leavenworth.

My disappointment was all the keener because I know that my son is absolutely sincere in his conscientious objection to wars of all kinds, and I understand that the Board of Inquiry made a finding to the effect that Philip Caplovitz was a sincere conscientious objector.

I certainly hope and trust that my son will shortly be liberated. I might add that I am a very old man, and at present quite sick, and in need of my son for support and maintenance for the remainder of my life. I have four other children, who are all younger than Philip, of whom one is married -- and has a family of his own to support. The two youngest are attending school, and the fourth [sic], a daughter nineteen years of age, is obliged to stay at home and take care of me. Thus you can see that if I am to receive proper care and attention in my old age, it is absolutely essential that my son be returned to me and be permitted to again contribute towards my support as he did for many years prior to his induction into the service.

Did I believe for a moment that my son, who is an American citizen, and has always expressed himself loyally toward the country, was not sincere in his conscientious scruples against all wars, I would not think of writing this letter to you, requesting his discharge, but knowing him as I do, I trust that you will find yourself in a position to give his case further consideration, with the ultimate result that I will shortly see him again at liberty.

Very respectfully yours,

Citation

Caplovitz, David, “LetterToBakerFromDavidCaplovitzFeb1919,” Conscientious Objection & the Great War: 1914-1920, accessed November 14, 2018, http://cosandgreatwar.swarthmore.edu/items/show/1181.

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