Mr. D. H. Miller to Colonel E. M. House

Following for you from Wiseman (Starts)

Reference telegram from Foreign Office of 4 December sent you through Derby15 I think you should have following additional information. The resolution making conclusions of conference subject to discussion with President was pressed through by Balfour in face of considerable opposition and annoyance on the part of others. Later Balfour agreed to appeal to you to give assent to the two most urgent matters. Both of these proposals are to set up purely informative commissions which I should not think would bind any government to any particular policy. In the matter of the Adriatic I am told that the position is really dangerous and there may be a clash between Italian and Jugo-Slav forces unless we take hold of the situation. If you have not already done so I would venture to advise you to assent to these two proposals both on the grounds of practical urgency and in order to avoid any feeling of annoyance on the part of certain important persons which would not improve their relations with the President. I have discussed this question fully with Miller.

  1. Not found in Department files; for summary of the resolutions of the Inter-Allied Conference at London, see Colonel House’s telegram of Dec. 6, 4 p.m., forwarded to the Secretary of State as Department’s telegram No. 7, Dec. 7, 1918, 11 a.m., p. 340.