File No. 861.00/2944

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

No. 1207

Sir: … In default of instructions to the contrary I shall, to the extent of my authority, encourage American troops if and when landed, to proceed to such points in the interior as Kotlas, Sukhona, and Vologda, as at those places, as well as in Petrograd and Moscow, are stored war supplies which the Soviet government, in violation of its promises and agreements, transferred from Archangel. Furthermore, I shall encourage American troops to obey the [Page 516] commands of General Poole in his effort to effect a junction with the Czecho-Slovaks and to relieve them from the menace which surrounds them; that menace is nominally Bolshevik but is virtually inspired and directed by Germany. …

I have [etc.]

David R. Francis