William Jennings Bryan to Woodrow Wilson
I beg to enclose a communication I have received from Mr. Pezet in regard to the situation in Peru. It would seem that the revolution there is rather exceptional in its character, and in view of the fact that Great Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, Argentina and Uruguay have recognized the provisional government, I am inclined to think that we would be justified in doing so. As all of the states, the clergy and army have joined in recognizing the new government there seems to be no dissent anywhere.
Peru is one of the most friendly of South American countries and I think, therefore, that we should consider the effect that our refusing to join with the other countriesntries might have on her disposition, and hence upon our future influence with her. At least I thought I ought to bring Minister Pezet’s statement to your attention.
Very sincerely yours,
The White House.