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

Finland,   pp. 210-227 PDF (5.7 MB)


Page 217

860d.01/71
The Finni8h Miniter of Foreign Affair8 (Hol8ti) to the Secretary
of State
PARIS, May 14, 1919.
ExcEuaLFNcy: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the
letter of the 7th instant in which Your Excellency has been kind
enough to inform that the United States have recognized the inde-
pendence of Finland and the Finnish Government as the de facto
Government of Finland.
At the outbreak of the world war the Finnish nation greeted with
profound satisfaction the solemn declaration of the Allied Govern-
ments that they were fighting for the cause of democracy and the
fundamental rights of all small nations. This silent joy was greatly
intensified when His Excellency, President Wilson at the entering
of the United States into the war laid down his noble principles of
national selfdetermination and of the League of Nations capable
of safeguarding the vital interests of all small States.
Since the declaration of her independence on December 6th, 1917,
Finland has experienced hardships which have inflicted deep wounds
in her body and soul. It is due to the confidence of the Associated
Governments and especially to the humanitarian work of the Amer-
ican Relief Administration that since the beginning of the current
year the devastation of human lives in Finland and general suffer-
ing from famine have been greatly mitigated. The Finnish nation
during the course of several hundreds of years has become only too
familiar with most ravaging wars and undescribable sufferings from
famine. But generation after generation have endured in the hope
that the struggle for existence of their race once would be lessened
and Finland would attain her modest place among the independent
States of Europe. Therefore Your Excellency's letter will remain
for ever one of the surest shields of Finland's independence and a
noble guide to her of the lofty ideals which have been the funda-
mental source of the democratic freedom of the United States them-
selves.
In view of all the aforesaid facts I beg leave on behalf of my
Government to express to Your Excellency the sentiments of the most
profound gratitude regarding the decision of the Government of the
United States to recognize Finland as an independent sovereign
State.
I have [etc.]                              RumDoLu HOLmm
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FINLAND


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