462.00 R 294/125: Telegram

The Ambassador in France (Herrick) to the Secretary of State


108. W–2. Three-hour meeting at Quai d’Orsay today. Chairman Jean Tannery,87 Sir John Bradbury,88 Marquis Salvago Raggi,89 M. Bemelmans,90 and Mr. Whitehouse91 with me. General attitude showed desire to cooperate and find solution. I stated that the United States did not understand Allied Governments desired to question validity of claim. Each representative substantially concurred with some reservations as to technical rights but no question of equity. Various methods of payment discussed at length. The general attitude was friendly but the amount of cash in sight at the present moment is not encouraging. I shall cable at length tomorrow. Wadsworth.

  1. Of the French Ministry of Finance.
  2. British representative on the Reparation Commission.
  3. Italian representative on the Reparation Commission; this seat at the Conference was later taken by the assistant representative, Signor d’Amelio, who signed the agreement of May 25.
  4. Belgian assistant representative on the Reparation Commission.
  5. Counselor of the American Embassy at Paris.