The Commission to Negotiate Peace to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received 10:22 p.m.]
174. [From Lansing.] Please refer to note from French Ambassador at Washington to Secretary of State dated November 26th, 1918 saying that the French Government has been asked by the Polish National Committee for recognition as de facto government in regard to: (1) foreign representation; (2) political direction of the Polish army; (3) civil protection of Poles abroad. The French Ambassador says his Government believes request justified, and is inclined to grant desired recognition suggesting further that Allied Governments come to agreement on this point. Last paragraph requests early expression of opinion from Secretary of State. Please transmit by telegraph complete text of reply made by the Department to the French Ambassador’s note. Lansing.