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President Wilson to the Secretary of State

My Dear Mr. Secretary: Will you not say to the Russian Ambassador that this is the republication of an essay which I wrote and first published more than twenty years ago, and that the passage he refers to does not express my present opinion at all?

When the publishers proposed to me its republication I did not remember that it contained any such passage. I ought to have reread it, but I did not have time. I never dreamed I had said anything like this. I could not have rewritten it, but I would have prevented its republication.

Faithfully Yours,

W. W.