The Secretary of State to the Commission to Negotiate Peace
3675. Confidential for Polk from the Secretary.
Phillips has shown me your 4958.8 I really think that it would be best for you to return on the George Washington if it is possible for you to do so. I appreciate that there are many important problems which you are handling in Paris but I think that many of these could now properly be transferred to the State Department. From here you will have even a stronger position in handling these problems. The George Washington is about to be transferred to the War Department which plans to keep her in the Trans-Atlantic service temporarily.
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