462.00 R 294/187a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain (Harvey)


93. For Wadsworth due today in London from Paris. W–27.

The Department has received your W–32, April 19, 11 a.m., from Paris and does not object to your discussing the matter with the Chancellor of the Exchequer as you suggest.11

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No occasion is seen to take matter up with Allied diplomatic representatives here who are not conversant with the course of your negotiations, who have not mentioned the matter and whose Governments must have been fully informed by their delegates of the justice and reasonableness of our position.

If the Allied delegates decline to alter their position at the meeting next Monday, it would seem to be desirable for you to explain to the American correspondents the justice and reasonableness of our position along the lines set forth in the 3rd and 4th paragraphs of my telegram of April 13, W–23, and if and when I hear definitely from you that our liberal terms are not acceptable to the Allies I will do the same here.

  1. Mr. Wadsworth informed the Department on Apr. 24 by letter (not printed) that he had presented the American view to the Chancellor, who stated that he had no knowledge of the matter (file no. 462.00 R 294/202).