File No. 861.77/451

The Secretary of State to the British Chargé (Barclay)

Sir: I have the honor to enclose herewith the text of a telegram dated September 13, 1918,1 which has been sent to the American Ambassadors at London, Paris and Rome, relative to the service, in Siberia, of the Russian Railway Service Corps.

The Government of the United States attaches great importance to its purpose to assist Russia in the matter of transportation. I feel it is not only necessary and a part of frank understanding with your Government but also advisable that the aim of the Government of the United States should be disclosed fully in order to anticipate the possible formation of opinion based on partial information.

I should be glad if you would bring this telegram to the special attention of your Government. It states the whole purpose of the United States on the subject it covers, without any reservations [Page 255]whatsoever. I am communicating in the same sense with your colleagues of the Allied Governments and confidently expect that the British Government may not only come to a thorough understanding of our purpose but also extend its cordial cooperation.

Accept [etc.]

Robert Lansing
  1. Ante, p. 249.