File No. 811.142/5855

The Chargé in Great Britain (Laughlin) to the Secretary of State

[Telegram]

2458. [From Endicott to] American Red Cross:

1802. British Government tell us shipments brought from America already arranged for should be sufficient for needs civil population Archangel district eight months and are unwilling we should ship an additional amount except with assent British General, Archangel. We are to-day asking if this consent can be obtained; if so, by cooperation Navy for cash, we can probably arrange shipment approximating 1,000 tons bully beef, dried beans and other rough foods, but clothing practically unobtainable. If General’s consent received, will [Page 147]ship all possible and advise you. Tonnage would be arranged by Navy in cooperation Admiralty.

Laughlin