File No. 763.72/4053

The Guatemalan Minister ( Méndez ) to the Secretary of State

[Translation]

Mr. Secretary of State: I have the honor to inform you that the President of Guatemala has requested me to convey to you his deepest gratitude and to beg that you will be good enough to repeat these expressions to His Excellency President Wilson, for the statements which I had the honor to make to him on the part of the Department of State, that the American Government is disposed to assist the Government of Guatemala in the attitude which it has assumed in the state of war which exists between the United States and the Imperial German Government.

The President of Guatemala, who is desirious of continuing his support of the principles proclaimed by the United States of America, accepts with the greatest pleasure the assistance offered in a manner as friendly as it is effective, by the illustrious American Government.

I avail myself [etc.]

Joaquín Méndez