File No. 763.72/5785
The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Japan (Wheeler)
Your July 10, 7 p.m. Please inform Viscount Motono that the American Government highly appreciates his cordial intimation that the Government and people of Japan would be glad to receive a visit from Mr. Root and party if convenient and agreeable to them. The American Government regrets that in view of the fact that the mission was appointed for the sole purpose of visiting Russia, it does not seem advisable to have its members serve in a double capacity, the more so as this Government has in mind the appointment of a mission to Japan especially selected for that purpose which, if agreeable to the Imperial Japanese Government, it is hoped will be able to visit Japan after the return home of the Japanese mission to the United States.