The Chief of the Division of Far Eastern Affairs (Hornbeck) to the Chief of the Division of Mexican Affairs (Johnson)

Mr. Johnson: Taking into consideration a large number of factors, and giving special weight to the fact that the tension between the United States and Japan has been substantially diminished during the past six months and seems in a fair way to further diminution, [Page 839] I feel that we should take no steps whatever with regard to the matter reported upon in the papers hereunder54 except to keep the record of everything relating to it strictly confidential (but not to be forgotten).

S[tanley] K. H[ornbeck]
  1. i. e., despatch No. 2255, February 7, from the Ambassador in Mexico, p. 830.