The British Ambassador (Geddes) to the Acting Secretary of State

No. 680

His Britannic Majesty’s Ambassador presents his compliments to the Acting Secretary of State and, with reference to the memorandum which Mr. Hughes was so good as to address to him on August 8th last, has the honour to state he understands that it is the intention of His Majesty’s Government to furnish the United States Ambassador in London at an early date with a counterdraft of the Convention between His Majesty’s Government and the United States Government relative to the Palestinian Mandate, in which it is hoped that the various contentions advanced by the United States Government in their note of July 12th will be found to have been substantially taken into account.

Sir Auckland Geddes takes this opportunity of pointing out that, while Mr. Hughes’ memorandum of August 8th refers to the “Palestine Mandate”, it is assumed that the real concern of the United States Government is with the Convention referred to above, to which their note of July 12th relates. The terms of the mandate itself have now, as Mr. Phillips will be aware, been formally approved by the Council of the League of Nations and cannot therefore be reconsidered.