The Third Assistant Secretary of State ( Phillips ) to the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador ( Dumba )

My Dear Mr. Ambassador: In reply to your letter of this morning, I find to my regret that the translation of your communication to Vienna was forwarded to us from London in a secret cipher, and as it is contrary to our rules to furnish the actual texts of such messages, I have no other alternative than to send you a paraphrase thereof.

Trusting that you will understand the reasons for my inability to comply more precisely with your request, I am [etc.]

William Phillips