The Secretary of State to the Unofficial Observer on the Interallied Rhineland High Commission ( Allen )
15. Your January 13, 5 p.m. In view of the recent developments, it is desired that you should refrain from expressing any opinions or presenting any plans in relation to the existing delicate situation without explicit instructions from the Department. At present no action should be taken by you outside of the essential military duties in winding up.
French Ambassador here has received a telegram from Poincaré referring to a suggestion made by you with regard to the renewal of negotiations. French Government does not view with favor this suggestion which is considered inopportune. The American Government does not desire any suggestions by its representatives at this time without the directions of the Department.