President Wilson to the Secretary of State ad interim

My Dear Mr. Secretary: I have read these papers through with close attention, and thank you for handing them to me.1

As I said to you yesterday, I am, and have long been, deeply interested in the purchase of the Danish West Indies. I hope that you will take the matter up very seriously and that it may be possible to have a concrete proposal, if possible in the form of a treaty, to lay before the Senate at its next session.

Cordially and Sincerely,

W. W.
  1. Papers concerning negotiations with Denmark, 1899–1902; for correspondence previously printed on these earlier negotiation, see Foreign relation, 1917, pp. 457544; for correspondence previously printed concerning negotiations with Denmark in 1915, 1916, and 1917, see ibid., pp. 588706.