File No. 841.711/2178

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


5608. In regard to detention of Swedish mail by British Government, you may unofficially and informally approach the British Government and say that this Government feels that nothing is being gained by holding up delivery of these pouches. The contents of the pouches can not be of such a character as to do any serious damage to Great Britain or this country, and this Government is disposed to accept the assurances of the Minister. Negotiations between Sweden and the United States are being seriously hampered by the failure to get the data stated to be among this mail, and there is feeling in this country that the Swedes have been punished enough. The President is taking a personal interest in the matter and spoke to me this morning substantially along the lines stated above.