The British Chargé (Chilton) to the Secretary of State

No. 721

Sir: With reference to my note No. 550 of July 2nd last and to a conversation on the 14th instant between Mr. Perkins of the State Department42 and Mr. Brooks, First Secretary to His Majesty’s Embassy, relative to the Arms Embargo resolution recommended by the Diplomatic Body at Peking on October 3rd last, I have the honour to inform you, under instructions from His Britannic Majesty’s Government, that no replies have yet been received by His Majesty’s Government to their last representations on this matter to the Norwegian, Dutch and Swedish Governments.

In these circumstances it would be greatly appreciated by His Majesty’s Government if you could see your way to instruct the United States Representatives at the capitals of all the Powers participating in the 1919 Arms Embargo Agreement to support the representations of their British colleagues on this question, except in the cases of France, Belgium, Italy and Japan, who have already expressed concurrence with the views of my Government.

I should be grateful if you would be so good as to inform me in due course for communication to His Majesty’s Government whether you would be disposed to take action in the sense I have suggested.

I have [etc.]

(For H. M. Chargé d’Affaires)
Herbert W. Brooks
  1. Mahlon F. Perkins of the Division of Far Eastern Affairs.