Woodrow Wilson to William Jennings Bryan
I am very much disturbed to find that I cannot put my hands on the papers concerning Colombia, about which we spoke over the telephone yesterday. The more I think about them, the more convinced I become that I expressed my opinion on a proposed settlement favorably and directed that the papers should be returned.
In order that I may corroborate this, may I ask how far back the papers dated? I find in my files a letter from you of November twentyfirst in which this paragraph occurs: You have the papers in the case and in our conversation over the telephone you expressed a willingness to have the first article of the treaty changed as suggested by Mr. Moore, the change retaining the word regret. And then the following paragraph says: The Minister here feels hopeful that twentyfive millions will be accepted, together with the present boundary, provided the concessions as to the Cana can be satisfactorily agreed upon.
If this letter of November twentyfirst refers to the papers you telephoned me about, I am sure I have already expressed my acquiesence. In any case, will you not make sure for the relief of my mind that the papers were actually not returned to you? I cannot find them.
Hon. William Jennings Bryan,
Secretary of State.