The Russian Ambassador to the Secretary of State.
Washington , October 5, 1905 .
My dear Mr. Secretary: The inclosed is the text of the communication I have just been instructed to hand to the representatives of those South American governments with whom we have no diplomatic relations.[Page 829]
The text of the Emperor’s message to the President I had the honor to deliver to him personally and left it in his hands.
You will see from the inclosed paper that it is merely a preliminary inquiry such as has been sent to all other governments. Count Lamsdorff in his dispatch forwarding to me the original says in a post scriptum that formal invitations to the Second Peace Conference will be issued subsequently when the consent of all governments to the proposal shall have been received and when it will be possible to fix a date for the meeting of the conference.
The reason I mentioned the matter to-day was that when I transmitted by cable the President’s most graceful and gratifying reply to His Majesty’s message, I added, in conformity with what the President told me, that a formal reply would be made after you had entered upon the discharge of your duties as Secretary of State early in October.