President Wilson to the Secretary of State

My Dear Mr. Secretary: The many distressing and disturbing despatches pouring in from Mexico perplex me sadly as to what our immediate duty is. I note the messages you are sending to Villa and indirectly to Zapata, and I suppose that they represent all that we can do for the present. If anything else should occur to you as practicable, will you not let me have the suggestion to think over. I feel that a final crisis at Mexico City might make more deliberate plans at any moment next to impossible.

Faithfully Yours,

W. W.