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United States Department of State / Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States, 1919
(1919)

Belgium,   pp. 189-191 PDF (978.7 KB)


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BELGIUM
VISIT OF THE KING AND QUEEN OF THE BELGIANS TO THE
UNITED STATES
033.5511/12: Telegram
The Minister in Belgium  (Whitlock) to the Acting Secretary of
State
BRUSSELS, July 23, 1919, noon.
[Received 6.33 p.m.]
294. For the President:
The King has just told me that he wishes to visit America and
I have suggested September and October as His Majesty must
return to Belgium by 15th November when elections occur. He
will be accompanied by the Queen. He asked me to arrange during
my leave of absence in America the details of his visit, saying that
he would leave it all in my hands and that he wished me to accoin-
pany him. He suggested that no more than three days be devoted
to official functions so that he may be free to study our institutions
and to visit the Pacific coast. He is highly enthusiastic over going
and it occurs to me that his visit might have great influence in favor
of the peace treaty and of the League of Nations.
WHITLOCK
033.5511/12: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Minister in Belgium (Whitlock)
WASHINGTON, July 26, 1919, 5 P.M.
463. Your 294, July 23, noon.
Please convey to the King the following message: " Having heard
from Mr. Whitlock that it might be possible for Your Majesty to
come to this country for a short time in the autumn I hasten to
tender on behalf of the American Government a most cordial invita-
tion to Your Majesty and to Her Majesty the Queen of the Belgians
to visit the United States at such time as may best suit your con-
venience.
May I add a personal expression of the great pleasure that it will
give me to receive you and the Queen as the honored guests of the
Nation. Woodrow Wilson."
LANSING
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