701.48a11/19

The Acting Secretary of State to the British Ambassador (Howard)

Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your notes Nos. 424, 425 and 426 of July 29,2 regarding the establishment of a Legation in Washington by His Majesty’s Government in the Union of South Africa, and inquiring whether the appointment of Mr. Eric Hendrik Louw in the capacity of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary accredited to the Government of the United States would be agreeable to this Government.

As Secretary Kellogg stated in his note of January 8, 1929, this Government will be most happy to receive in Washington a diplomatic [Page 849]representative of His Majesty’s Government in the Union of South Africa, and I now take pleasure in assuring you that this Government will be glad to receive Mr. Louw in the capacity of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary.

I should be greatly obliged if you would cause His Majesty’s Government in the Union of South Africa to be so advised and I likewise hope that in communicating with your Government you will state that this Government welcomes the establishment of a South African Legation in Washington as a further strengthening of the ties of friendship between the United States and the British Empire.

It would appear that the question of the establishment of American diplomatic representation in the Union of South Africa would follow as a corollary of the establishment of a South African Legation in Washington, and I take this occasion to inquire whether His Majesty’s Government would be agreeable to such a course on the part of this Government.

Accept [etc.]

J. P. Cotton
  1. No. 426 not printed.