ARTHUR RANSOM, British author and journalist was a reporter in Russia during the Revolution and Civil War. His knowledge of Russian and his friendship for Trotsky's secretary (his future wife)gave him unique access to the Bolshevik leadership and the Russian people. His reports to the [London] Daily News and The Manchester Guardian covered the period from 1915 on. From January through August 1918, his dispatches were carried by the New York Times. Encouraged to address the American people and President Wilson directly, he wrote Letter to America urging America to recognize the Bolshevik government, to not intervene into Russian affairs and to provide economic and technological aid to the Russian people. His articles in the New York Times ceased shortly after the United States militaily intervened in the summer of 1918.