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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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relations with the United States of North America, I have decided
to accredit to Your Excellency, in the capacity of Envoy Extraordi-
nary and Minister Plenipotentiary, Mr. Saastamoinen, Armas Her-
man, Chevalier of the Cross of Liberty, 2nd Class; Commander of
the Cross, 1st Class, of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, etc.,
etc. The qualities that distinguish this agent, his experience, his
tact, his zeal, give me the assurance that he will devote all his efforts
to obtain the confidence and esteem of Your Excellency and of the
Government of the United States and to meriting thus my approval.
In this conviction I beg Your Excellency to receive him with good
will and to place complete faith and credit in all that he tells you
on my behalf, especially when he expresses to you, Dear and Great
Friend, the assurances of my high esteem and of the deep interest I
take in the prosperity of the United States of North America.
Written at Helsingfors. 20 June 1919.
[Enclosure 2]
Remarks of the Finnish Minister (Saastamoinen) on the Occasion
of His Reception by President Wilson, August 21, 1919
MR. PRESIDENT: I have the honor to tender to you, Mr. President,
my letter of credence.
Being the first representative of Finland in the United States,
I beg to express to you, Mr. President, the deep and sincere gratitude
of the Finnish people for the recognition of our independence. We
now feel that we have firm ground under our feet and although we
are fully aware of the great difficulties ahead-owing to the general
unrest in the world-we are confident that we will be able to over-
come even the danger from the east with the help of friendly nations.
We are not only thankful to the United States for the recognition
of our independence, but we are deeply grateful to this country for
the magnificent aid we have received in the form of foodstuffs. I
can say that we were saved from direct starvation by the timely as-
sistance of the United States, and we will never forget this.
Mr. President. Although the official connections between Finland
and the United States are very young, the intercourse between these
two countries is in fact very old. The first Finns came to this
country over two hundred and fifty years ago. They were among
the first settlers in Delaware. Since that time there has been a con-
siderable influx of Finns to this country and up to the present time
several hundred thousand have made their homes here. This has
created a lively intercourse between Finland and the United States

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