File No. 861.00/2802

The Chargé in Denmark ( Grant-Smith) to the Secretary of State


2830. Contents your circular telegram September 20, 6 p.m., communicated to Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs 24th. Yesterday he acknowledged full agreement with sentiments expressed but feared that compliance with suggestion might bring about change in Bolshevik attitude toward neutrals, who thus far had been respected, and seriously jeopardize usefulness of Danish Minister at Petrograd who has succeeded in rendering valuable services not only to neutrals but notably to citizens of Allied states. Before making definite reply to your suggestion he would consult their Minister at Petrograd and would join only in case of unanimous action on the part of neutrals.

I supported your proposal with various arguments the justice of which he admitted but plead special circumstances which counseled Denmark’s acting with caution.

Copy to London.