President Wilson to the Secretary of State ad interim

My Dear Mr. Secretary: I am very anxious to have the foundations laid at once for the course with regard to Mexico which we outlined, or, rather, indicated, very briefly in conversation the other day. Do you not think it would be well to see the A. B. C. men now to ascertain whether they would be willing (that is, whether their governments would be willing) to cooperate with us in advice and political action (recognition and the like) in bringing order out of chaos there?

I do not feel particularly cordial to the Chilean administration just now because they have been making . . . difficulties about the general political understandings we have been trying for some months to establish in formal fashion between ourselves and Latin America; but of course it would be a mistake to leave them out in this Mexican business.

Our idea was, you remember, to include in the coöperative conference also the three ranking ministers next after them in the Latin American group; but it would be well to sound out the beginning of the alphabet first.9a

Cordially Yours,

Woodrow Wilson
  1. For papers previously printed on the conference of the six diplomats, see Foreign Relations, 1915, pp. 722771, passim.