811.348 Z 4/80: Telegram

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

681. Your 851 Oct 26 1 p.m. Herrick reports49 British Ambassador in Paris has not received instructions from his Government to support the American request for a dirigible to be built in Germany. He states also that Japanese Ambassador is prepared to agree to the American request.

Herrick says British Ambassador informed him that the British Government withdrew its opposition on certain conditions, presumably American support of the dissolution of the Commission of Control.

You are referred to Department’s 607, October 21, summarizing a conversation between the Secretary and the British Ambassador in which the Secretary said that this Government was willing to support termination of the Control Commission, but that the construction of the airship was not to be contingent on any conditions.

You are instructed to bring this matter earnestly to the attention of the Foreign Office in order that instructions may be sent promptly to the British Ambassador in Paris. The matter may come up at the meeting on December 16th. Repeat to Paris as Dept’s 550.

  1. By telegram no. 680, Dec. 12; not printed.