760c.61/135: Telegram

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


846. Your telegram no. 1170, August 4, 5 p.m. Your assumption is entirely correct that our Government could not make any arrangement with the Poles to pay Great Britain for troops for Poland, which would be in effect an American loan to Poland. The Secretary of the Treasury has no authority to make such a loan and there is no doubt that Congress would refuse to authorize it. A good deal of assistance has been given to Poland, as you know, through relief work and sales of materials by the War Department on credit. We do not see what other aid can be given.