Henry L. Stimson Private Papers

Memorandum by the Secretary of State

The Italian Ambassador came in to read me a telegram which he had received from Premier Mussolini in which Mussolini expressed the satisfaction and approval of the Italian Government in the steps which we had taken in regard to China and Russia and was in full accord with what we were doing.

The Ambassador also promised to let us know of anything new which he might hear from Moscow.

I took occasion to explain to him the mistake which had been made in the press about the four-power treaty15 and that there was no misunderstanding with Japan but that the Japanese Government had received notice at the same time as all the others and had acted at once on the following day in communicating with the representatives of Russia and China in Tokyo.

  1. Treaty between the United States of America, the British Empire, Prance, and Japan, signed at Washington, December 13, 1921; Foreign Relations, 1922, vol. i, p. 33.