861.51/1325: Telegram

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

630. Unless you perceive objection, in which case inform Department, deliver following to Consul General:

“Your November 2, 4 p.m. Do not take initiative but if Soviet delegate calls you may receive him informally and unofficially as you would any other private citizen, listening to what he has to say without, of course, committing yourself in any way. Use utmost discretion. This Government is not disposed to depart from its declaration of March 25 last91 concerning trade with Russia, but will on the other hand let no opportunity pass of ascertaining practical means whereby the distress of the Russian people may be relieved and their political reestablishment hastened. Do not let delegate draw you into discussion of general Soviet-American relations, and avoid publicity.”

  1. Ante, p. 768.