President Wilson to the Secretary of State

My Dear Mr. Secretary: I had seen these despatches and they had given me deep anxiety and perplexity, as they have given you.

Nothing better than what Mr. Lansing suggests occurs to me, and I hope that you will act at once on his suggestion.

In addition, I hope that you will say to Carranza that the extraordinary and unpardonable course pursued by General Obregon, under his command, has renewed the talk of joint action by several of the chief governments of the world to protect their embassies and their nationals at Mexico City, and that he is running a very serious risk.

Will you not be kind enough to ask Daniels if he has ships with long range guns (not necessarily battle ships) which he could order at once to Vera Cruz, and, if so, to let me know?

Faithfully Yours,

W. W.