File No. 124.55/9
The Minister in Belgium ( Whitlock ) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 1, 1917, 9.30 p.m.]
45. Department’s 256 and 257, February 26. While I am shown every personal consideration and constitutional right unofficially, the German Government does not recognize me as having my former diplomatic relation to relief work. Oral assurances only have been given that members of the commission can go when they desire. Under the circumstances I assume the Department desires me to remain for the present and until the Department instructions are carried out. Gregory and I are trying to put into effect Hoover’s suggestion for the reorganization of commission.