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

Finland,   pp. 210-227 PDF (5.7 MB)

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860d.01/24: Telegram
The Commission to Negotiate Peace to the Acting Secretary of State
PARIS, May 7, 1919, 10 p.m.
[Received May 7, 9.40 p.m.]
2031. Your 1880, May 6th, midnight. Have to-day telegraphed
American Consul, Helsingfors, quoting portions of American Mis-
sion's number 1992, of May 5th, 8 p.m., and, instructing him to
inform the Finnish Government of the recognition of Finland.
124.60d/la: Telegram
The Acting Secretary of State to the Commission to Negotiate Peace
WASHINGTON, May 13, 1919, 7 p.m.
1956. Your 1992, May 5, 8 p.m.
As soon as necessary legislation can be procured from Congress to
establish Diplomatic Mission in Finland, Department proposes to
recommend one of the Senior Secretaries of the Diplomatic Service
for appointment as Minister and hopes that legislation can be pro-
cured by July 1.
In the meanwhile Department suggests Mission may wish to con-
sider sending temporary Diplomatic Commission on visit of sym-
pathy and felicitation from the Government and people of the
United States to Finland upon achieving independence.
I believe we should take some step to show sympathy and friend-
ship and believe this could be effected by sending a Commissioner
with rank of Minister Plenipotentiary accompanied by appropriate
Military, Commercial and Financial Attaches, who could be selected
from men now in Europe.
If you are unwilling to send such a Commissioner I would recom-
mend that Consul Haynes be appointed temporarily as Commis-
sioner of the United States with rank of Minister Plenipotentiary.
This would probably require his subsequent transfer to another post
upon the arrival of a duly accredited Minister, but the Director
of the Consular Service informs me that such a transfer would not
conflict with the plans he has for the personnel of the Consular

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