The Secretary of State to President Wilson

My Dear Mr. President: In connection with your note to me of the 22nd, relative to approaching certain of the representatives of other American States in regard to cooperating with us in advice and political action as to Mexico, I enclose a memorandum,10 showing the three Ambassadors and their present addresses and also the three ranking Ministers from other countries (the rank, of course, depends upon the dates of their assuming their posts in Washington).

My own impression is that the three Ministers are probably as available as any who could be selected. With Calderon11 and de Pena12 I have exceptionally intimate relations. Of course, this gives Central America but one representative.12a I do not know as this is an objection, but if it is, I think that the excuse that length of service in Washington has governed their selection would overcome any objection which might be made, and prevent the criticism of favoritism.

It would seem to me that Dr. Naón and Mr. da Gama should be first approached. As you know, I am going to be in New York the night of Monday, the 28th, and I thought I might be able to arrange a meeting with Mr. da Gama there, if it met with your approval. If it does, will you please telegraph me to that effect, in order that I can arrange with the Ambassador to come to New York?

Faithfully yours,

Robert Lansing
  1. Not printed.
  2. Bolivian Minister.
  3. Uruguayan Minister.
  4. Joaquin Méndez, the Guatemalan Minister.