861.48/1816: Telegram

The High Commissioner at Constantinople (Bristol) to the Secretary of State

6. Under instructions received from Navy Department I am helping American Relief Administration work in Black Sea area with the naval forces under my command. This includes sending of destroyer to Novorossiisk and possibly to other south Russian ports, detailing of port officer in Constantinople, relaying of telegrams, et cetera. Arrangements are being made through Brown in London to meet technical expenses involved.

I shall of course carefully bear in mind our policy towards Russia as communicated to me in Department’s instructions.