The Swiss Minister to the Secretary of State.
Washington, D. C., March 22, 1906.
Mr. Secretary of State: On two previous occasions the Swiss Federal Council had invited the Governments to be represented at a [Page 1539] conference that was to meet at Geneva for the purpose of revising the convention of August 22, 1864, for the amelioration of the condition of soldiers wounded in armies in the field, but unforseen circumstances have prevented the meeting.
Nothing now seeming to stand in the way of the realization of the recommendation of The Hague Conference, the Federal Council has decided to call the conference under consideration for June 11 next at Geneva.
While confirming to your excellency the oral communications that I had been instructed, by the political department of the Swiss Confederation, to make on the subject, I have the honor to advise you that I have just received from the Federal Council an order to transmit to the Government of the United States of America an invitation to participate in the labors of that conference and to ask that it will kindly communicate to the Federal Council its decision, as well as the names of its delegates, not later than the end of the month of April next.
I append hereto a few copies of the programme of the conference, and gladly embrace this opportunity to renew to your excellency the assurance of my highest consideration.