File No. 763.72119/5

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Austria-Hungary (Penfield)1


The President directs me to ask you to personally deliver to His Majesty the Emperor the following communication from the President to His Majesty:

As official head of one of the powers signatory to the Hague convention, I feel it to be my privilege and my duty under Article 3 of that convention to say to you in a spirit of most earnest friendship that I should welcome an opportunity to act in the interest of European peace, either now or at any other time that might be thought more suitable, as an occasion to serve you and all concerned in a way that would afford me lasting cause for gratitude and happiness.

W. J. Bryan
  1. The same to the Ambassadors in Russia and Germany and, on August 5, to those in Great Britain and France. On August 5, also, copies of the telegram were handed by the Secretary of State to the representatives of these governments, who had been specially invited to call at the Department for the purpose.

    The replies of the different governments, are printed in the order of their receipt, as follows:

    France: received August 7, 6:10 a.m., p. 48. Austria-Hungary: received August 8, 5 a.m., pp. 49 50.

    Great Britain: received August 8, 5 a.m., p. 50.

    Germany: received August 15, 7:30 p.m., pp. 60 61.

    Russia: received August 27, 1:45 p.m., pp. 45, 78 9.

    In connection with this offer, see also the communications from:

    Guatemala: received August 10, p. 53.

    Italy: received August 11, 5:30 p.m., p. 54.

    Spain: received August 17, 9:30 a.m., pp. 63 4.