Microfilm Reel 194, File 64, "Russia"

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All the microfilm scans from the file number 64, "Russia," on reel 194 from the Executive Office files of the Woodrow Wilson Papers, series 4 in the Library of Congress finding aid.

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to distribute to the prisoners in Siberia, either military or civil, money, medicines and supplies sent by their friends or by philanthropic people in this country or elsewhere?

I make this inquiry and request very earnestly, not as the chief official of my Goverment, but only as a servant of humanity, with no political purpose, of course, and as a friend who would help if he could, and who shares with millions of his fellow-countrymen the desire to assuage, wherever it is possible to do so, the inevitable miseries of the present war.

My suggestion is made in conformity with a general plan for prisoners relief which the Goverment of the United States is now trying to arrange at the request of the several belligerent nations whose interests in enemy territory are entrusted to its care; and your Majesty will understand that the only reason why I do not include in my suggestion an offer of similar services on behalf of Russian subjects held as prisoners, is that the Goverment of the United States does not represent diplomatically the interests of Russia in any of the belligerent countries.

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May I not take this opportunity to express my sincere friendship for the great Russian people and their Government, and my high personal regard for your Majesty?

Your Majesty's good friend,

His Imperial Majesty. The Emperor of all the Russias.

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The shorthand heading of this reads: "To the Czar of Russia, 16 March, '15. This is WW's shorthand draft of his letter to Czar Nicholas II, March 18, 1915. For copy see Letter Press Book No 21, pp. 167-169, Wilson Papers, Library of Congress.

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To the Czar of Russia,

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