File No. 763.72119/21
The Ambassador in France (Herrick) to the Secretary of State
Paris, September 9, 1914, 10 p.m.
[Received September 10, 9:20 a.m.]
59. Your September 8, 4 p.m., suggests to me consideration of the following facts:
- President Poincaré’s remark to me when I delivered the President’s communication to him on August 6 to the effect that France was not the aggressor in the present war and could not, therefore, accept a proffer of mediation.
- President Poincaré’s statement to me on September 2 that France would consider the struggle to the end and would not accept any terms of peace.
- Agreement of the Entente powers at London not to make peace independently of each other.
In view of the above facts and considering the certainty that a proposal for mediation would be refused by the Entente powers at present, might it not appear that Germany was making a bid for the aid and sympathy of the neutral powers by espousing a proposition which she knows to be unacceptable to the nations with whom she is at war?
Await with much interest your further telegrams on this subject.