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

Hungary,   pp. 410-412 PDF (934.5 KB)

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salary will be your regular salary as first secretary, $3,000 per
annum, and you will be given a post allowance of $3,500. In addi-
tion you will be allowed such expenses as may prove necessary in
the performance of your duties, the amount of these expenses to be
settled with the Department after you reach Budapest and are able
to make a detailed estimate. In payment of your salary and expenses
you will draw in two separate accounts on the Secretary of State.
You are to proceed at once to Hungary, establishing your head-
quarters at Budapest, but you may break your journey for con-
sultation in London, Paris and Berne. Your duties will undoubt-
edly include dealing with matters of much delicacy and demanding
immediate action. Since communication is slow and difficult, the
Department must in these cases rely on your tact, discretion and good
judgment. You must at the same time realize that although the
present government of Hungary has been provisionally recognized
by Sir George Clerk 4 in the name of the Supreme Council, no
formal recognition has yet been given by the government of the
United States and that you are not accredited as a diplomatic repre-
sentative to the Hungarian Government. While exercising the
utmost caution not to commit yourself and this government to
preference for one or the other of the many political groups which'
seek to control the government of Hungary, you will be expected
tactfully to encourage such constructive movements among the Hun-
garians as would appear to lead toward the firmer establishment
of representative government. The coming elections for a constituent
assembly in Hungary will be a very critical period and the Depart-
ment is anxious that you should keep closely in touch with the
situation in order to report fully on the apparent strength of the
various currents of influence, the source from which they spring,
and the probable result on the national life. Your sympathy with
constructive measures should be evidence to the Hungarian people
of the interest of this government in the orderly development and
growth of the Hungarian nation.
The Department depends upon you to furnish full reports on
the developments in the internal political situation in Hungary
and on the trend of Hungarian opinion with regard to the sur-
rounding states and other nations. It will expect you to assist in
any proper manner the interests of American commerce and to keep
the Department informed as to opportunities for the development
of such commerce. The American Ministers at Prague, Warsaw and
Belgrade and the American Commissioner at Vienna have from
time to time furnished the Department with valuable information
4British Minister to Czechoslovakia, Sept. 15, 1919; special delegate of
Supreme Council of the Peace Conference to Hungary, Oct. 15-Dec. 2.

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