File No. 763.72/3263½

The Swiss Minister ( Ritter ) to the Secretary of State

Memorandum 1

The Swiss Government has been requested by the German Government to say that the latter is, now as before, willing to negotiate, formally or informally, with the United States, provided that the commercial blockade against England will not be broken thereby.

  1. Transmitted under the following covering letter of same date: “My dear Mr. Secretary: Mr. Polk expressed this morning the desire that I shall send you a memorandum concerning the conversation I have had with him yesterday evening. Please find same herewith enclosed.”