Bulgarian Reply to President Wilson's Peace Note, December 30, 1916

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Bulgarian Reply to President Wilson's Peace Note, December 30, 19161

               Consul General Murphy to the Secretary of State

                                             [TELEGRAM]

                                                  AMERICAN CONSULATE GENERAL,
                                                                      Sofia, December 30, 1916.
     Referring circular eighteenth.
     Bulgarian foreign minister responds following:
     "I have had the honor to receive the letter you were pleased to
address to me on the 28th of this month to acquaint me with the step
taken by Mr. President Wilson in favor of peace, and I hasten to com-
municate to you the following answer of the Bulgarian Government:
     "The generous initiative of the President of the United States tend-
ing to create bases for the restoration of peace, was cordially received
and taken into consideration by the Royal Government in the same
friendly spirit which is evidenced by the presidential communication.
The President indicates the object he has at heart and leaves open the
choice of the way leading to that object. The Royal Government
considers a direct exchange of views to be the most efficacious way to
attain the desired end. In accordance with its declaration of the 12th
of December inst., which extends a hand for peace negotiations, it
has the honor to propose an immediate meeting at one place of dele-
gates of the belligerent powers. The Royal Government shares the
view that the great undertaking which consists in preventing future
war can only be initiated after the close of present conflict of nations.
When that time comes, the Royal Government will be glad to cooperate
with the United States of America and other neutral nations in that
sublime endeavor.
     "Be pleased to accept, Mr. Consul General, the assurances of my
high consideration.

                                                  "(Signed) DOCTOR RADOSLAVOFF."
                                                                                               MURPHY.


1Official print of the Department of State.