500.C1/33: Telegram

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


741. Referring to your 1055 of July 13. The phrase “complying with the request [of the Council] of the League of Nations” should be construed as referring only to the Council’s request that the President summon the Assembly, upon the assumption that he alone is the one to determine where the meeting shall be convened, in accordance with article 5 of the Covenant. However, to avoid the possible interpretation to which you refer, the following summons should be substituted in lieu of the former. Please deliver it to Sir Eric Drummond, Secretary General of the League.

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“At the request of the Council of the League of Nations that I summon a meeting of the Assembly of the League of Nations, I have the honor, in accordance with the provisions of Article Five of the Covenant of the League of Nations, to summon the Assembly of the League to convene in the city of Geneva, the seat of the League, on the 15th day of November, 1920 at 11 o’clock. Signed. Woodrow Wilson.”

When you deliver this substitute summons please state to the Secretary General that the President’s decision is deliberate, and that the request to communicate the above summons may be considered as a reply to your telegram no. 1050 of July 12.10

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