File No. 763.72/13447a

The Secretary of State to the Secretary of War ( Baker)

My Dear Mr. Secretary: I understand that you are planning, or have planned, to send only five men in the military mission to Italy, which is headed by General Eben Swift. I hope that you can find it possible to send a few more officers than that as I think numbers will have considerable to do with the impression that is made by the presence of the mission in Italy.

Of course I do not need to say to you how important I think the political effect of the mission will be, and how much very real good it will accomplish.

Very sincerely yours,

Robert Lansing