File No. 763.72119/1404

The Minister in Belgium ( Whitlock) to the Secretary of State


With reference to Hertling’s speech the Belgian Government declares that its thought has not changed since the response it made to the Pope. It will discuss peace only in concert with its allies. Hymans makes statement to this effect to-day.

  1. For papers concerning the American Minister’s withdrawal from Belgium, see Foreign Relations, 1917, Supplement 1, pp. 628 et seq.