File No. 861.00/807

The Secretary of State to the Consul at Tiflis (Smith)


Your telegrams December 4, 9 p.m., and subsequent dates including December 13, 6 p.m., received. Department appreciates your thorough reports on situation, is in touch with Allied Governments, and hopes to give you definite instructions shortly on whole subject. Meanwhile do not commit this Government. No country either belligerent or neutral has recognized Bolshevik government, Petrograd.


[For a description of the development of the anti-Bolshevik movement of the Cossacks under Kaledin during the first days of December 1917, see despatch No. 212 of December 15, 1917, from the Consul General at Moscow, Volume I, page 304.]