May I not say that I should like very much to be excused from the necessity of seeing Mr. Bakhmeteff? I would be very much obliged if you would advise me as to whether it is diplomatically necessary that I should in the circumstances. See more
The circumstances are these, as you know: Mr. Bakhmeteff resigned his position as Ambassador from Russia, saying that he had no sympathy whatever with the things that have recently been happening in Russia, whereas I have the greatest sympathy with them. I do not understand that he has formal letters to recall to present and if he has not, I do not see any necessity for my receiving him. I would very much like your advice and the advice of the department.