File No. 861.00/3124
The President of the Czecho-Slovak Provisional Government ( Masaryk ) to the Secretary of State
Mr. Secretary: Political reasons as well as administrative exigencies induced our National Council to assume, in accordance with [Page 848] the recognition by your and the Allied Governments, the title of Government, and to publish the enclosed declaration.
As you, Mr. Secretary, did not express any wish concerning the date of publication, I assume that it is of no consequence and publish the declaration to-day, forced to do so by the rapid developments in Austria-Hungary.
Our Government has been constituted in the following manner:
- Prime Minister and Minister of Finance:
Professor Thomas G. Masaryk;
- Minister of National Defense:
Gen. Dr. Milan R. Štefánik;
- Minister of Foreign Affairs and of Interior:
Dr. Edward Beneš.
The seat of the Government is in Paris.
Believe me [etc.]