550.E1 Russia/38a: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the Netherlands ( Sussdorff )
38. The Department wishes to receive accurate information regarding the negotiations now taking place at The Hague. It will depend upon the Legation to give full reports by mail and when occasion requires by cable. Telegraph only such items as are not carried in the press.
As the United States has refused to accept the invitation to participate in the Conference,39 use particular care not to give the impression that you are having any part in it in any capacity at all. You will keep this Government informed regarding what takes place as far as it is possible to do so, acting merely as our diplomatic representative at The Hague. You may attend the public sessions of the Conference if you deem it appropriate. Exercise great care not to express any opinion concerning the debates or negotiations.