File No. 763.72119/2313
The Swiss Chargé ( Oederlin) to the Secretary of State
Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith, upon instructions from my Government, the original text, received this morning, of a communication from the German Government to the President of the United States, in reply to his communication to the Imperial German Chancellor, transmitted to me by Your Excellency on October 8, 1918.
I beg herewith also to enclose the English translation of this communication, as transmitted by the German Legation in Berne to the Swiss Foreign Office.1
- A translation of the German Government’s communication, differing from the one enclosed, was sent by the Chargé in the Netherlands, “as received by telegram from Berlin,” in his telegram No. 4775, Oct. 12, received Oct. 13, 8 a.m. A translation identical with the enclosed was sent by the Minister in Switzerland, in his telegram No. 5195, Oct. 12, midnight, received Oct. 13, 2.10 p.m., as given him by the President of Switzerland at 6 p.m. The Minister also sent another copy of the same translation in his telegram No. 5196, Oct. 13, 1 a.m., received 12.53 p.m., as forwarded for the Vice Consul at Zürich, who added: “In order to avoid further bloodshed German Government placed wireless station at Nauen at the disposal of Swiss Government for the transmission of this note but latter feared it might cause misunderstanding in America.” (File Nos. 763.72119/2133, 2150, 2144.)↩