500.A15a3/115: Telegram

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


235. This afternoon the Japanese Ambassador called on me and told me that he was under instructions from his Government to say that it was most sympathetic to the idea of reduction as touching all categories. Mr. Matsudaira also stated that the Japanese Government would ask for a readjustment of the percentages of naval strength to a 10–10–7 basis.

A message from Gibson states that illness and a possible operation will prevent his coming here for conference for some time, so I am wondering if it would be possible, in the interim, for you to send an expert like Marriner33 here. Gibson made this suggestion to me a few days ago in explaining difficulty of leaving his work in Brussels for his trips to London.34

  1. J. Theodore Marriner, Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs.
  2. A marginal notation on the telegram states that no answer was required.