The Secretary of State to President Wilson
My Dear Mr. President: I received your letter of today enclosing a copy of the communication which you received from the Pope. I enclose a letter which I suggest as a reply.[Page 16]
This morning Monsignor Russell called upon me with a letter10 addressed to you from Cardinal Gibbons,11 which he asked me to read and if I thought you intended to answer the Pope’s communication to deliver it to you.
I have also drafted a reply to Cardinal Gibbons which provides for the transmission of your answer to the Pope’s communication through him.
Monsignor Russell indicated to me that there was some feeling on the part of the Cardinal that no reply had been made to the Pope before this. I believe, although your letter does not indicate it, that you received the Pope’s communication on May sixth. Monsignor Russell said that you had agreed to make answer on Monday, the 8th, and for that reason they were disappointed it had not been received before.