The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Austria-Hungary (Penfield)

My Dear Mr. Penfield: I have read with very great interest your confidential letter of November 25th. The remarks of Baron Burián show that he appreciates the spirit which dominates England and France, and I have noted with interest your opinion of the German program in regard to the Suez Canal.

I have given directions that the New York Times, The New York World, and the Springfield Republican, shall hereafter be sent to you in the pouch, in order that you may the more easily keep in touch with the situation in this country as it appears in the press.

I hope that you will continue to write me from time to time whenever you have matters of interest which you prefer to report to me confidentially rather than by dispatch.

Very truly yours,

Robert Lansing