760c.61/215: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Wallace)


1391. Reference your telegram no. 1578 of August 19, 5 p.m. If the matter of shipping supplies to Poland should come up for discussion in the Conference of Ambassadors, hope that their transportation may be facilitated may be expressed by you, provided there is a clear understanding that such supplies are to be used only in defending Polish territory and not to make it possible for Poland again to undertake to invade Russia.

In addition you may state that although the Government of the United States appreciates that it is difficult to effect the transport of munitions with the social conditions which now prevail in Europe, it would be opposed to any efforts to force such transport in opposition to the local or national authorities of the territories through which it is desired to ship the supplies.

While you may express your views as indicated above, do not take part in giving any instructions to Tower. He is not the agent of the Conference of Ambassadors, but of the League of Nations. Since the United States has not joined the League, it would not be appropriate for this Government to instruct the League representative at the city of Danzig.