File No. 763.72119/1227

The Chargé in Switzerland ( Wilson ) to the Secretary of State


2554. Monsignor Marchetti, Papal representative in Switzerland, called and urged strongly that President Wilsdn make some answer Czernin’s speech. He pointed out that belligerents were infinitely nearer in accord than six weeks ago and that any statement from the President would tend to still further lessen the distance. In reply to my inquiry [Marchetti] stated that if the President took such action the Pope would undoubtedly use his influence on Hertling through Pacelli, Papal Nuncio in Munich, to persuade Chancellor that German Government must change attitude before peace could be accomplished.