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The Chargé in Czechoslovakia (Gittings) to the Secretary of State


27. Legation’s telegram 26, March 28, 4 p.m. The Commerce portfolio is sought by the National Democrats, Czech chauvinists. In the present Cabinet situation, with the Prime Minister ill, President Masaryk would be embarrassed, I am reliably informed, if the Minister of Commerce (who has confidence in the President) should be ousted on some such issue as the quota. The Minister, who is friendly to our interests, might be succeeded by one less friendly. May I respectfully suggest that the quota now granted be accepted under the existing circumstances as the maximum concession obtainable, since further insistence would now seem fruitless, might cause ill will and embarrass more lasting American interests. I recommend the acceptance of this partial compliance, while reserving the broader issues involved for our concentrated efforts at a more opportune time. This view is concurred in by the Consul General.