The Secretary of State to President Wilson

My Dear Mr. President: Ambassador Naón6 called to express very cordial approval of the Mexican statement and to say that when you are ready to recognize anyone he thinks it would be wise for the ABC countries to recognize at the same time. In fact, he reminds me that this was contemplated in the agreement at Nicaragua and he has brought it to my attention since. I told him that I thought it would be very nice to have the ABC countries to recognize at the same time, and that it might be advisable also to notify all the other Latin-American countries having representatives in Mexico so that all could act simultaneously, and I know of no reason why the European countries might not be notified also, because the more complete the recognition the stronger the moral force of the government recognized.

You may be interested to know that Mr. Lansing came into the room just after I had dictated my letter to you in regard to the two suggested changes this morning. I showed him the statement and he read it through, stopping on the last sentence to suggest the very change which I had a few moments before mentioned in my letter. He even used exactly the same words, namely, “what means should be employed.” I thought you might be interested to know that his judgment supports the change.

With assurances [etc.]

W. J. Bryan
  1. Argentine Ambassador.