555.E1/14a: Circular telegram

The Secretary of State to the Diplomatic Representatives in All Countries27

You are instructed to deliver the following invitation in the name of the President to the government to which you are accredited:

“The President of the United States in accordance with the provisions of Part XIII of the Treaty of Peace between the Allied and Associated Powers and Germany signed at Versailles on June 28, 1919 and under authority vested in him by Congress,28 hereby convenes [Page 36] the first meeting of the Annual Labor Conference therein described to assemble in Washington at noon on the 29th day of October, 1919.

The Government of the United States extends to each nation which is or which prior to the said meeting shall become a member of the International Labor Organization as defined in Article 387 an invitation to send its delegates and other representatives to Washington for the purpose of attending such conference.”

You will also inform the government to which you are accredited that all details as to reception of and accommodations for its representatives in Washington may be arranged through its diplomatic representative here.29 Please obtain and telegraph to the Department the names of the delegates and their advisers. The cost of all telegrams should be stated therein in order that the Department may obtain reimbursement.

You will also offer your aid in the matter of passports, transportation etc.

  1. Except those in Mexico, Russia, and the Dominican Republic.
  2. 41 Stat. 279.
  3. In telegrams to the representatives in Poland and Liberia this phrase reads “through you”.