File No. 704.6241/31

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

[Telegram]

4703. Your 5993, April 13, 6 p.m. Inform Swiss Minister that the Department can not authorize you to turn over to him the Embassy archives of the former German division as this Government must necessarily keep a complete record of its past activities on behalf of Germany. You may, however, for his assistance furnish him with copies of correspondence concerning German interests received since the severance of relations and allow him so far as seems desirable to consult the Embassy’s German files. If deemed advisable you may also offer the temporary services of clerks whom you formerly employed in the German division. This instruction applies equally to the transfer of Austro-Hungarian interests.

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