Official Program (for the Reception of French and British War Commissions, New York, 1917)

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Original program for the 1917 reception of French and British War Commissions in New York. Black text printed on white paper. 6" x 8." Four unnumbered pages, complete. One leaf folded in half. Pages are very clean and intact. A Fine copy. The first page lists the schedule of the reception to take place from May 9 to May 12, 1917. The interior pages and back page include brief biographies and character assessments of "Joffre: Marshal of France," "Rene Viviani: Minister of Justice," and "Arthur J. Balfour: Secretary for Foreign Affairs." Marshal Joseph Joffre (1852-1931) was a general who served as Commander-in-Chief of France from the first year of World War I to 1916. Joffre was instrumental in bringing a victory to Allied Forces in the First Battle of Marne (1914). Rene Viviani (1863-1925) was a politician who served as the Prime Minister of France during the first year of World War I. During his time in office, he worked with Joffre. Arthur Balfour (1848-1930) was a Conservative politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1902-1905. The following information about the reception schedule is on the first page. May 9: official reception at City Hall to the French War Commissioners with speakers Mayor Joseph H. Choate (who was also chairman of the New York committee for this reception), Viviani, and Joffre; a visit to General Grant's Tomb, on which Joffre will place a wreath and review the Seventh Regiment. May 10: presentation of the Liberty Figure to Joffre in Central Park; ceremony unveiling the Statue of Lafayette in Prospect Park; luncheon with the Merchants' Association; "reception and conferring of degrees at Columbia University"; "reception by French War Commission at Public Library." May 11: "Joffre and party go to Newburg for reception by Governor Whitman and trip to West Point"; luncheon in honor of Viviani at the Biltmore Hotel; reception at City Hall to British War Commission with speakers Choate and Balfour; procession from City Hall to the residence of Vincent Astor; dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel with speakers Choate, Balfour, and Viviani. May 12: reception and luncheon by Chamber of Commerce. Under "May 12," there is a list of locations where decorations will be placed throughout the city for this occasion. The decorations are described as having the colors of red, white, and blue in honor of the French, British, and American flags.