The Russian Ambassador to the Secretary of State.
Washington, D. C., April 3, 1906.
Mr. Secretary of State: I have just received from my Government order by telegraph to bring the following to the knowledge of the United States Government.
The Imperial [Russian] Government, in agreement with the Dutch Government, proposes to call The Hague Conference during the first half of the month of July of the present year.
Russia at the same time invites the nations which did not sign the convention relative to the laws of war on land, nor that relative to the adaptation of the Geneva Convention to war at sea, to inform the Royal Government of the Netherlands of their adhesion to these conventions. With regard to further adhesions to the convention concerning international arbitration, the Imperial Government is conferring on this subject with the Governments which signed the acts of 1899.
I deem it proper at the same time to inclose herewith a summary of the programme which the Imperial Government proposes to submit to the Conference of The Hague, and I should thank your excellency to inform me of the response of your Government to this proposition, in order that I may transmit it to St. Petersburg by telegraph.
Please accept, etc.,