President Wilson to the Secretary of State

My Dear Mr. Secretary: This is, of course, something that (or, at least, something like what) we must at the opportune time seek to do for Japan, whose friendship we so sincerely desire and to whom we so sincerely desire to do justice.

But there are many things to consider first: among the rest her present attitude and intentions in China and her willingness or unwillingness to live up to the obligations she has assumed towards us with regard to the open door in the East.

I would be very much obliged if you would ask Mr. Lansing to prepare for our discussion a memorandum explicitly setting forth just what obligations in this sense she did undertake.

Faithfully Yours,

W. W.