The Secretary of State to the German Ambassador (Bernstorff)

My Dear Mr. Ambassador: Replying to your note of to-day’s date in regard to an interview with Captain Boy-Ed for the purpose of learning the reasons for the request for his recall, I regret to say that I can only discuss the matter with you, and am unwilling to have an interview on the subject with Captain Boy-Ed. In view of the action already taken, I can see no good purpose in further discussion, as the decision of this Government was reached only after long and careful consideration.

I am [etc.]

Robert Lansing