811.7353b W 52/187: Telegram

The Minister in Portugal (Dearing) to the Secretary of State


86. London’s telegram to Department, December 18. Does Department think it advisable to insist that as a matter of primary fair-dealing the British Government should withdraw its opposition here, which from the first has been unwarranted and arbitrary, not to the Western Union alone but to any other concession to American interests, thus insuring that equal opportunity shall be open to all?

Shall I still press for the provisional concession to the Commercial Cable Company, which, if British withdrawal of opposition is limited to the Western Union, continues blocked? Instructions are desired.