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File No. 763.72/6101

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

My Dear Sir Cecil : Referring to the paraphrase of a telegram from London which you left with Mr. Phillips on Saturday afternoon, July 28, regarding a conference of shipping representatives of Allied countries soon to be held in London in order to discuss the whole shipping problem, I beg to say that it has been decided that inasmuch as there is a conference on shipping being held here now it would be well for this Government to await the result of this conference before taking part in the conference suggested in London.

I am [etc.]

Frank L. Polk