File No. 763.72112/1161

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

[Telegram]

2093 [2153?]. I have informally suggested to Sir Edward Grey that the British Government make an advance payment of the minimum price to owners of cotton cargoes that the Government proposes to buy without prejudice to the final negotiations.

The Cabinet can do no business till the task of reforming it is finished. All Government business except war business is at a practical standstill meanwhile.

American Ambassador