File No. 763.72/1628

The Ambassador in Great Britain (Page) to the Secretary of State


1844. Your 1261, March 12. Grey states in reply that British Government “have given careful consideration to Mr. Morgenthau’s suggestion but that, in view of the fact that the present operations at the Dardanelles are being undertaken by the Allies for the express purpose of obtaining command of the city of Constantinople, His Majesty’s Government regret that the conditions under which any occupation may eventually take place must depend on the circumstances of war and cannot be decided in advance.”

American Ambassador