The Swiss Minister to the Secretary of State .
Washington , April 4, 1901.
Mr. Secretary of State: My Government has instructed me to request your excellency (as I hereby have the honor to do) to inform me whether the Government of the United States of America thinks that the time has arrived for a revision of the Geneva Convention (Conference), according to the wish expressed by the conference at The Hague, and whether it is disposed to be represented at a conference to be convoked by the Swiss Federal Council for this purpose in the course of the present year.
I am at the same time instructed to send your excellency the six inclosed copies of the printed paper containing the “Statement of some ideas to be examined for the revision of the Geneva Convention.” This statement is but a cursory view of the questions to which my Government now desires to call the attention of the Governments, without pretending to limit the deliberations of the conference which is to busy itself with this matter.
Awaiting the communication which it will please your excellency to send me in relation to this question, I avail myself, etc.,
Minister of Switzerland.