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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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123H331/144a: Telegram
The Acting Secretairy of State to the Cnmdmssion to Negotiate Peace
WASHINGTON, Mcay 24, 1919, 4 p.m.
2084. For Haynes, Helsingfors.
Pending the establishment of a legation in Finland which requires
Congressional legislation, and arrival there of a duly accredited
Minister, you are appointed Commissioner of the United States to
Finland with rank of Minister Plenipotentiary. You will please
take early opportunity to inform the Finnish Government of your
appointment as Commissioner for the time being, and express on
behalf of the President and people of the United States, their hearty
congratulations upon the achievement by the Finnish people of
their national independence with cordial good wishes for the happi-
ness and prosperity of Finland. You may also inform the Finnish
Government that the Department has taken pleasure in informing
Mr. Saastamoinen today that he will be received as Minister of
Finland provisionally pending the return of the President when he
can present his credentials in the usual manner.
During the time you act as Commissioner you will receive, in
addition to your Consular salary and post allowance, a separate al-
lowance for living and other expenses of representation of $500 a
month to be drawn and accounted for as for purpose described with-
out itemization. Upon the arrival of a regularly accredited Minister
you will be transferred to another post.
The Acting Secretary of State to the Finnish Provisional Minister
WASHINGTON, May 27, 1919.
SIR: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note of
May 19, informing me of your arrival in Washington for the purpose
of establishing diplomatic relations between Finland and the United
States of America and in reply beg to inform you that I shall be very
glad to receive you on Tuesday, the 27th of May at fifteen minutes
past eleven o'clock.
In view of the President's absence in Europe, the Department of
State will be glad to accord you recognition as provisional Envoy
Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the de facto Govern-
ment of Finland as of this date, formal recognition to be accorded
when the President receives you in audience for the purpose of
presenting your formal letters of credence, which it is understood are
now being forwarded to you by your Government.

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