File No. 861.00/2840

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


284. Your 430 and 431, September 29. There are definite limiting facts which govern your proposal to organize American-Slavic legion. It is certain that no money additional to the balance of $6,000,000 fund, which balance, I understand, now approximates $1,300,000, is or will be available for this purpose. “You must therefore consider the consequences of what may follow when fund is exhausted. The President wants you to know how much we admire the spirit and success with which you have guided matters at Archangel, but has serious doubts about the undertaking. Please consider the foregoing carefully before you go further and report.