File No. 763.72119/121
The Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page ) to the Secretary of State
[Received 4.15 p. m.]
1743. For the Secretary and the President: Germany’s answer to our suggestion of a modus vivendi between Germany and England evaded [?] either resentment to us or ridicule of us here. The feeling in official and unofficial life is that our pacific intentions and our lack of appreciation of what the war means have led us to play into Germany’s hands. Whatever may be said or thought of this English opinion, it is clear that the British regard this move on our part as well-intentioned meddling, and it lessens their respect for our judgment. They bring up again our efforts to force the Declaration of London on them and they become, by reason of these two amiable efforts of ours, less disposed to accept our judgment or advice or, I fear, to consult us when they may need neutral good offices to bring peace.