The British Chargé ( Lindsay ) to the Acting Secretary of State

No. 178

Sir: With reference to Mr. Polk’s note of March 9th regarding the Preliminary Conference to be held in Washington on the subject of International Communications, I have the honour, on instructions from my Government, to inform you that even if the Agenda, to the unspecified character of which His Majesty’s Government desire me again to call your attention, were to reach London immediately, there would not be time before May to consult the Governments of the Dominions, a step which is, in the view of His Majesty’s Government, absolutely essential. His Majesty’s Government therefore find it necessary to ask that the meeting of the Conference be postponed.

I have [etc.]

R. C. Lindsay