The Secretary of State to the Assistant Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs (Richardson)
Dear Mr. Richardson: I have read the attached memorandum on the World Court.36 As I remember, I looked it up last year with Senator Pepper, Mr. Lenroot and others and, under the Resolution of the Senate, we cannot sign the Protocol until every nation signatory to the original Statute of the World Court has accepted the reservations. It does not make any difference whether they ratified it by their Congress, Senate or other body. There is no use of communicating with the governments that have accepted. Every one of them must accept or we cannot join and the President will in no way recommend any change in the situation.