File No. 763.72/9799a

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page)1


7556. There is a well-defined movement in Congress to declare that a state of war exists between the United States and Turkey and Bulgaria. Will you please confidentially sound the Government to which you are accredited and obtain its opinion as to the advisability of such a declaration against both or either of the countries named. You will perceive that the action of the United States is based essentially on expediency. I desire therefore to know the judgment of the Government to which you are accredited, as to whether or not such a declaration would be of material aid to the supreme purpose of defeating the Central Powers. A reply as soon as possible is desired.

  1. The same, on the same date, to the Ambassadors in France (No. 3830) and Italy (No. 1248).