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To the Diplomatic and Consular Officers of the United States

Gentlemen: There is printed on the overleaf, for the information and guidance of the diplomatic and consular officers of the United States, the text of an executive order, dated June 23, 1916, directing them to refuse to accept, for transmission, gifts which citizens or subjects of foreign countries may desire to present to the President, and requiring that the tender of such gifts be made through the respective diplomatic agents at Washington.

I am [etc.]

Robert Lansing

Executive Order

It not infrequently happens that diplomatic and consular officers of the United States are requested to be the medium of transmission of literary, scientific or artistic works, or other gifts, which citizens or subjects of foreign countries desire to present to the President.

In order that the practice in this regard may accord with that generally observed in the matter of similar presentations to the heads of other governments, it is hereby ordered that diplomatic and consular officers of the United States will hereafter, whenever request is made of them by a citizen or subject of a foreign country to transmit a gift of any character to the President, refuse to accept such gift and will advise the donor that it is required that the presentation be made through the diplomatic representative of the donor’s government at Washington.

Woodrow Wilson


[No. 2406]