850d.00/375: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Wallace)

193. Your 205, January 21, 3 p.m.

Following full power has been signed by the President: “Woodrow Wilson, President of the United States of America, To All To Whom These Presents Shall Come, Greeting: Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the integrity, prudence and ability of Hugh C. Wallace, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States to France, I have invested him with full and all manner of power and authority for and in the name of the United States to meet and confer with any person or persons duly authorized by the Governments of Great Britain, Denmark, the French Republic, Italy, Japan, Norway, The Netherlands, and Sweden, being invested with like power and authority, and with them, to negotiate, [Page 78] conclude and sign a Convention recognizing the sovereignty of Norway over the Archipelago of Spitsbergen, including Bear Island, and providing these territories with an equitable régime, in order to assure their development and peaceful utilization, the same to be transmitted to the President of the United States for his ratification, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate thereof. In Testimony Whereof, I have caused the seal of the United States to be hereunto affixed. Seal. Given under my hand at the City of Washington, this twenty-second day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and forty-fourth. Signed. Woodrow Wilson. By the President: Signed. Robert Lansing, Secretary of State.” Original document being forwarded by mail.