The Ambassador in Great Britain ( Harvey ) to the Secretary of State
[Received September 22—2:41 p.m.]
405. Incorrect news story appeared yesterday stating that the Foreign Office had been visited by a representative of this Embassy presumably to discuss informally the future status of Tangier; and today the statement appears that the Counselor of the Embassy presented the Foreign Office yesterday with an identical note to France, Great Britain and Spain urging the principle of the open door. Yesterday the Spanish Ambassador sent a Secretary to inquire if the published report was true and if this Embassy had any special instructions on Tangier that could be communicated to him. The Foreign Office here has not yet been advised that the Embassy in Washington has received a note, as described, from the Department.