861.00/4065a: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Commission to Negotiate Peace

1020. For Lansing.

Lettish National League of America, which is seeking to promote trade relations between United States and Baltic provinces, has sent representative to London to confer with President Lettish National Council, which has received informal recognition by British Foreign Office. Lettish National League requests this representative be furnished with letter by Department stating that United States is not opposed to activities of League along the lines indicated. I recommend that Department be authorized to issue such letters in appropriate cases in its discretion, as informal recognition of Baltic Governments by other Associated Governments and lack of recognition by United States may otherwise react to our commercial disadvantage by creating in those countries the erroneous impression that our attitude toward them is an unfriendly one.