500.A 4/190½

Memorandum by the Secretary of State of a Conversation with the British Ambassador (Geddes), September 20, 1921


The Ambassador said that he had been instructed by his Government to say that they were satisfied with the proposed agenda90 save that they desired to add the subject of the Panama Canal tolls.

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The Secretary said that he did not think it advisable that this subject should be brought into the Conference; that in his opinion it was a matter to be dealt with diplomatically between the Governments of Great Britain and the United States.

The Ambassador said that it was the view of his Government that it was a question not alone between Great Britain and the United States but affecting other governments and so would appropriately be brought into the Conference.

  1. Further extracts from memorandum printed in vol. i, p. 71.
  2. For the Conference on the Limitation of Armament, Washington, 1921–1922.