Secretary of State Robert Lansing to United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom Walter Hines Page
BLUE COPY PARAPHRASE
TO American Embassy, London.
FROM Department of State signed LANSING
DATED August 17, 2.p.m.
RECEIVED August 18, 3.45.p.m.
Department has received following from American Embassy, Madrid:
“German Government has asked Spanish Government to inform United States that it suggests that the proposed conference at Berne dealing with questions of civil and military prisoners take place the middle of September. German Foreign Office at the same time declared its intention to include in the programme of the Conference certain questions relative to Germans living abroad, especially in China and Central America.”
Department is today replying follows:
Request Spanish Government to inform German Government that the Government of the United States has taken note of the German Government’s suggestion that the proposed conference at Berne take place the middle of September. In reply, the Government of the United States wishes to state that its Commissioners will be prepared to take part in the proposed conference on the 23rd of September, 1918. The Government of the United States further notifies the German Government that the American Commission will be composed as follows:-
Honorable John W. Garrett, American Minister to the Netherlands, Chairman of the Commission.
Honorable John W. Davis, Solicitor General of the United States.
Major General F.J. Kernan, U.S.A.
Captain H.H. Hough, U.S.N.
Ellis Loring Dressel.
Christian A. Herter, Secretary to Commission Special Assistant in the Department of State.
Charles H. Russell, Junior Secretary of Legation.
ColonelUlysses S. Grant 3rd, and
ColonelSamuel G. Shartle, U.S.A.
Commander Raymond Stone, U.S.N.
Charles Moorfields Storey, Attorney in the Department of Justice. and
Major James H. Perkins, Commissioner for Europe of the American National Red Cross.
The Government of the United States expects to receive in reply a similar notification in regard to the personnel of the German Commission.”
Llewellyn N. Snowden, Disbursing Officer will accompany the Commission as well as Albert Ward, Secretary to the Solicitor General and Confidential Clerks, Robert T. Allinson and Clinton E. MacEachran. The entire commission will assemble in London to hold any advisable preliminary conferences with the British and to report to Garrett. Members of the American Commission now in the United States will sail on or about the 24th reaching London about August 31st., and the entire Commission will probably go about September 7th from London to Paris. Please try to get suitable hotel accommodation for their stay in London. If any changes take place in the above dates, you will be notified by the Department. Please acknowledge receipt of this cable.