President Wilson to the Secretary of State

My Dear Mr. Secretary: The green paper despatch attached hereto47 seems to me abrupt in expression and also a bit difficult to interpret as it stands. I therefore beg that, in its stead, you will send to Ambassador Page at London Mr. Lansing’s letter to you (also attached),47a as I have taken the liberty of altering it.48 It is both lucid and conveys the matter in just the right tone of inquiry.

Faithfully Yours,

W. W.
  1. Supra.
  2. Ante, p. 270.
  3. This was done; for the telegram as sent, see Foreign Relations, 1915, supp., p. 132.