File No. 841.51/272

The British Ambassador ( Spring Rice ) to the Secretary of State

No. 288

Sir: In confirmation of the communication already made confidentially by word of mouth, I have the honour to state that I have received a despatch from the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs informing me that in view of the difficulties which have arisen in connection with the financial situation, the British War Cabinet has decided to ask Lord Reading to go out on a special mission to the United States.1 He will have the full authority of the War Cabinet to negotiate with the United States Administration and to decide on behalf of His Majesty’s Government any questions that may be raised. Though primarily concerned with finance he will be authorised to deal with any subject which he considers desirable for the proper discharge of his mission.

I am accordingly instructed to take the necessary steps to inform the United States Government.

I have [etc.]

Cecil Spring Rice
  1. He had already arrived at New York, Sept. 12.