The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain ( Houghton )
238. As the British Government has appointed a Minister for the Irish Free State and has expressed its intention of appointing a Minister for Canada, the Government of the United States desires to appoint a Minister to each of these countries. You are instructed to confer with Mr. Chamberlain and determine if such appointments would be acceptable to the British Government. Also endeavor to ascertain the desires of the British Government as to whom the Minister will be accredited and to whom his credentials should be presented. The following is for your information. The President has power to make the appointment without legislation but we must have an appropriation from Congress. Since this is the short session we desire to secure the appropriation as soon as possible.