125.655/95: Telegram

The Chargé in Great Britain (Wheeler) to the Secretary of State


323. In a conversation today Sperling13 suggested the following method of settling the Newcastle-on-Tyne case: a note to be written by the Foreign Office withdrawing the charges against Slater and Brooks unconditionally and without prejudice on account of insufficient evidence; the American Government to announce on the same day, without referring to the withdrawal of the charges, that it will reopen the consulate.

Sperling says that he feels he can guarantee the acceptance by the Foreign Office of this solution.

  1. R. A. C. Sperling, head of the American and African Department of the British Foreign Office.