The Secretary of State to President Wilson
My Dear Mr. President: I have just received from Mr. Root the enclosed letter18a regarding the Railroad Commission which is being sent to Russia. I judge from his letter that he feels that the usefulness and importance of his commission will be weakened by having in Russia contemporaneously another commission dealing with the technical side of a topic which he believes he is to discuss with the Russian Government. I enclose a suggested draft of an instruction to Mr. Stevens carrying out Mr. Root’s idea (Draft “A”). I enclose also another draft of instructions to Mr. Stevens which would limit his efforts to a particular line, so that he and Mr. Root would not [Page 330]find themselves embarrassed by dealing with the Russian Government on an identical matter. (Draft “B.”)
I do not know what your views are, and I simply enclose these drafts as of possible assistance to you.
In view of the fact that the Railway Commission is to leave early Wednesday morning, this should receive your very prompt attention. Faithfully yours,