File No. 861.00/2449

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


968. My 941, August 9, 3 p.m. During a conversation the Counselor of Embassy had yesterday with Mr. Balfour on other matters he casually mentioned Kerensky’s visit and inquired what British Government officials the latter had seen.

Balfour said that he had declined to see Kerensky but he believed the Prime Minister had seen him privately. Mr. Balfour added that the information he had received led him to believe that any disposition on the part of the officials of the Allied Governments to give ear to Kerensky would not make a good impression in Russia where he was discredited. He further remarked that he hoped the President would not receive Kerensky.

All this, however, was merely conversational and in no sense meant as a communication to you, it is transmitted only as information of some interest.