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The 1st German Note

4th October 1918

The German Government requests the President of the United States of America to take steps for the restoration of peace, to notify all belligerents of this request, and to invite them to delegate plenipotentiaries for the purpose of taking up negotiations.

The German Government accepts, as a basis for the peace negotiations, the programme laid down by the President of the United States in his message to Congress of January 8th 1918, and in his subsequent pronouncements, particularly in his address of September 27th 1918.

In order to avoid further bloodshed the German Government requests to bring about the immediate conclusion of a general armistice on land, on water and in the air.