The Acting Secretary of State to the Finnish Provisional Minister ( Saastamoinen )

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 Government 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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Upon the return of the President to Washington arrangements will be made for your formal presentation and the delivery of your letters of credence.

Accept [etc.]

Frank L. Polk