File No. 861.00/7412
The British Ambassador ( Reading ) to the Secretary of State
[Copies of the following paraphrase of a telegram and of the draft proclamation were handed by the Ambassador to the Acting Secretary of State on July 27, 1918:]
A memorandum attached to the above reads as follows:
July 29, 1918. According to the President’s [telephone] conversation, sent for Mr. Barclay and told him we think this proposal was inadvisable for many reasons and particularly because it promises too much to the Russians. We could not agree with the suggestion at all. F. L. P[olk].