The Secretary of State to the Swiss Legation


The President appreciates most sincerely the interest expressed by the Swiss Government in the promotion of peace in Europe through mediation, and the confidence implied in the suggestions made; but from the information which he has, the President does not believe that the time has come when a renewal of the offer of mediation would be acceptable to the belligerent nations. And he does not feel that it would be wise to attempt, at this time, to determine the conditions under which the offer of mediation should be made, when the time for it arrives.