File No. 711.5914/30

Minister Egan to the Secretary of State


168. In an interview with the Minister for Foreign Affairs concerning the sale of the Danish West Indies he said that he thought that immediate action would seem strange in time of war but that personally he believed that the islands ought to be sold. He had had no opportunity of consulting his colleagues or public opinion, but he felt that an offer generously made safeguarding the interests of the inhabitants would be seriously considered. Despatch forwarded by mail to-day.