The Ambassador in France ( Wallace ) to the Acting Secretary of State
[Received December 18—1:40 a.m.]
2021. Your telegram 1703, December 15. A brief warning period would be desirable. It might be provided by fixing a future date after which we would withdraw from the Conference. If you should [Page 2] so direct, I would notify the titular president of the Conference, Monsieur Leygues, and simultaneously inform my colleagues informally of Department’s decision. I should like to receive instructions concerning any explanatory statements you wish me to make, especially to the press, unless the formal note to the president contains reason for our action in withdrawing. I ask earnestly that you make no final decision before you receive personal letter2 forwarded in today’s poach and containing considerations I believe to be of greatest importance.
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