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763.72119/5427a: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Commission to Negotiate Peace
WASHINGTON, June 24, 1919, 5 p.m.
2404. For Secretary Lansing.
I should be very grateful if you could advise me what steps should
be taken after the signature of Peace towards the resumption of
official relations with enemy countries. Shall the Department await
confirmation of the Treaty by the Senate before sending in Consular
representatives? If other Allied nations confirm the Treaty without
delay and send in their Consuls, must we await final action by the
Senate even though there may be considerable delay? Are you
contemplating a resumption of commercial relations at an early date
with the idea that the resumption of Diplomatic relations shall await
the ratification of the Treaty? If Consuls are to be sent before ratifi-
cation of Treaty by the Senate, do you feel that there is objection to
returning those formerly in enemy countries?
763.72119/5509: Telegram
The Commission to Negotiate Peace to the Acting Secretary of State
PARIS, July 2, 1919,9 p.m.
[Received July 2, 7.19 p.m.]
2932. Department's 2404, June 24th, 5 p.m. Establishment of
regular consular relations must await the ratification of the treaty.
The appointment of consular representatives, even unofficial, in
advance of ratification should be avoided unless by reason of an
excessive delay it distinctly appears that the omission to appoint such
officials is having a detrimental effect on our commerce. A few weeks'
postponement of opening of trade relations, even if other countries
thereby obtain a slight initial advantage, can hardly have permanent
The appointment of commissioners or agents to act however [un-
officially] in a diplomatic capacity, with especial reference to com-
mercial matters seems equally or even more undesirable at the present
moment and might give rise to embarrassing criticism. For purposes

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