800.30/10: Telegram

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


984. I have just seen Briand and read him your letter. He accepts your proposal in regard to capital ships and has instructed French delegation to inform you to this effect. He has also cabled a letter to Ambassador Jusserand addressed to you in which he states that he must adhere to his declaration in regard to light cruisers and submarines for wholly defensive purposes. It is my opinion that this voluntary restriction, given in his exact words, may serve you a useful purpose in dealing with the British. Briand wished me to state that any message which you might care to send would reach him through me until Wednesday noon, when he plans to return to Paris. I think he would be pleased by an appreciative word. He is accompanied by Loucheur and Berthelot. They volunteered to inform me daily in regard to conversations between Lloyd George and Briand.