The Secretary of State to President Wilson
My Dear Mr. President: The more I consider the matter the more I am convinced that it would be unwise for Mr. Root or any of the Diplomatic Mission with him to stop in Japan on their return to the United States. We are informed that they are leaving Petrograd about the 9th of this month. The present unrest in the Far East and the possible divergence of views of Mr. Root as to the policy of this Administration in regard to that region seems to me to make it unwise for him to represent the Government. If it is advisable to send a mission to Japan I think we should pursue the course of sending new men directly from the United States.