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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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and I can say that the new ideas and impressions which we have
received from here have had markedly beneficial influence upon the
people of Finland. This is not the least of our indebtedness to
Mr. President. I bqg to assure you that my country wishes to
establish and maintain the friendliest and most cordial relations
with the United States and that no effort will be spared to win the
confidence and sympathy of your country.
[(nclosure 3]
President Wilson's Reply to the Remarks of the Finnish Minister
(Saastamoinen) on the Occasion of His Reception, August 21, 1919
MR. MINISTER: It gives me great satisfaction to receive from you
the letters by which His Excellency, the President of Finland, ac-
credits you as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary
of Finland near the Government of the United States and I greet
you Mr. Minister as the first representative of a new government
destined to be a real factor in the solution of many of the problems
which now confront the peoples of the world. One task to which we
have set our hands has been accomplished in the successful conclu-
sion of the greatest war in history and we can look forward with
some degree of satisfaction to a future made better through our
The Government of the United States in recognizing Finland as
a de facto independent government was prompted by sympathies for
a cause similar to that which caused our own declaration of inde-
pendence in 1776. We have gained in strength and prosperity and
we are more than willing to share the results of our efforts with a
people seeking to free themselves from a dominating power and to
voice their own principles of self government.
As you say many Finns have sought homes in our broad territory
and it is with much pleasure that I say to you that their coming
has been our gain. They have helped our new and growing country
by their industry and their zeal and many have become of the best
of American citizens.
My entire sympathy is with the people of Finland and I gladly
pledge to you my earnest cooperation in all that tends to advance the
valued friendly relations and happy intercourse between the United
States and Finland. I cannot but feel that any question which may
hereafter arise affecting our common interests will be dealt with in
an enlightened manner satisfactory to both governments.

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