File No. 763.72/5079a

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


1455. Please express again to the Russian Government the Department’s very deep appreciation of their great courtesy in extending the invitation to the American commission to be the guests of the Russian Government during their stay in Russia. At the same time please say that the Department would prefer that, after the arrival of the party in Petrograd, the guests of the Russian Government should be limited to the commissioners and their immediate personnel, and that the interpreters and clerks should not be included in the list of guests of the nation. This would limit those becoming the guests of the Russian Government to about fifteen persons.

Please explain this arrangement to Mr. McKenna, the disbursing officer of the commission.