Brand Whitlock and his wife Nell arrived in Belgium in February 1914.
Brand and Nell Whitlock
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
The first months of Whitlock’s tenure were full of the usual diplomatic activities. He and his wife participated in cultural events, toured the Belgian countryside, and were active in diplomatic social life, attending dinners, balls, concerts, and other social affairs with members of the Belgian and diplomatic elite. During these early months, Whitlock spent time on his literary pursuits, taking a villa outside Brussels in the summer of 1914 where he could write in peace.