500.A15a3/63: Telegram

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


187. I called on the Prime Minister and delivered in person your No. 174 of July 11, 6 p.m. He was most appreciative, giving careful attention to your telegram, with which, after reading it, he expressed himself as greatly pleased. Further careful study will be required for paragraphs E, F and G, but in the meantime he is assuming that there is complete agreement between you and him. He accepted at once paragraph C and everything else while making a study of E, F and G, as mentioned.

MacDonald also agreed that I could communicate at once to Japanese Ambassador the substance of his letter of July 8,19 making slight modification in paragraph No. 7 by omission of last ten words. I ask your authorization, therefore, to submit this letter of Mac-Donald’s immediately, together with text of your No. 174, in confidence to Matsudaira. Please inform me as quickly as possible on this point. The Prime Minister said he would send me next week a written reply to your telegram.

Following our usual custom of transmitting all telegrams bearing on naval disarmament to Gibson, I have forwarded him text of your No. 174.

  1. See telegram No. 179, July 9, 9 a.m., from the Ambassador in Great Britain, p. 140.