File No. 542D1.


To the Diplomatic Officers of the United States.

Gentlemen: By a Joint Resolution of Congress approved February 23, 1915, the President of the United States is authorized to extend invitations to foreign Governments to appoint honorary vice presidents and to otherwise participate in the International Congress on Education, to be held at Oakland, California, from August 16 to. 27, 1915, in connection with the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

You will accordingly extend to the Governments to which you are respectively accredited a cordial invitation to be represented at the Congress mentioned by representatives who are to act as honorary vice presidents of the Congress and to take part in its proceedings; and in doing so you will add an expression of the pleasure with which the Government of the United States will learn of the acceptance of the invitation.

The Congress is to be held under the auspices of the National Education Association of the United States and the United States Commissioner of Education is the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Congress.

Printed copies of the announcement of the Congress, indicating the subjects to be considered, are enclosed herewith.

I am [etc.]

For the Secretary of State:
Robert Lansing.