Edward M. House Papers: Telegram

The Special Representative ( House ) to President Wilson

8. In conversation with Clemenceau this morning he stated that it was his purpose to work in harmony with the United States in all things. He asked Pichon who was present to be a witness to the promise that he would never bring up any matter at the Peace Conference that he had not first discussed with us, and the inference was clear that if we disagreed he would yield to our wishes and judgment.

He declared that it was not our financial and economic assistance that France wanted as much as our moral approval. He thought we had opened a new and more splendid ethical era and France wished to stand with us in upholding it. He thought the United States and France were the only nations willing to make an unselfish settlement.

He asked that this conversation and promise be held in confidence.

Edward House