web method receiving xml message not accepted in a string

Hello Experts
I have a webservice method that is receiving a input, the input is a xml message.  The xml fails because Im reading it as a string variable.  How can I read this in? The code is in C#

XML MESSAGE Coming to my webserver is:

Thanks in advance

        public String StartDischarging(String XMLMESSAGE)

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Carl TawnSystems and Integration DeveloperCommented:
What specifically do you mean by "the XML fails"?  Do you mean you are trying to parse it into an XmlDocument or XDocument object?

If that's the case then it will fail because, the XML snippet you posted, isn't valid XML as there is no root element.

We'd need to some more of the code you are using the parse the string to be any more specific.
ste5anSenior DeveloperCommented:
Can you please rephrase your question?

Basically you have two possibilites from the declaration view point of your method:

public String StartDischarging(String xmlMessage) { }

public String StartDischarging(XmlDocument xmlMessage) { }

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The second should accept a XML.

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Bob LearnedCommented:
It looks like the XML does not have a root element.
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