361.48/1601: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Herrick)

407. Your 531, September 1, 3 p.m.

For Walter L. Brown.

This Government is in full sympathy with all practicable efforts for Russian relief, but believes that at this time American relief should be administered through the private agency of the American Relief Administration. It is thought that full information will be obtained in this way without the risk of complications through governmental action. This Government therefore will not for the present take part in the proceedings of the International Commission. It is understood that all actual relief can be coordinated on the spot with that afforded by the American Relief Administration.

Keep Department fully advised of all proceedings of International Commission.