File No. 763.72/7922a

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Russia ( Francis )


1871. Department informed November 1 that British military mission in Russia reported to London that the quartermaster general Russian Army expected by January to have available 400,000 selected troops now being formed of volunteers from the same territorial area or Zemstvo. Men to be clothed and fed by Zemstvo organizations. Volunteer provincial committees to be formed also by selection from each provincial Zemstvo.1

Please report whether this movement continues and whether yourself or General Judson can supplement information above. Also advise Department in this connection whether any suggestion made to send foreign troops other than Japanese to Russia.

  1. See ante, p. 71.