The Secretary of State to President Wilson

My Dear Mr. President: In the matter of taking over the Danish West Indies, I propose, if it meets with your approval, to send Mr. Phillips to go through the formalities of transfer. I had hoped that either you or I could do this, but of course that is out of the question now.

May I ask you to let me know if this meets with your approval, because the time to make the necessary arrangements is growing very short?

Faithfully yours,

Robert Lansing