The Ambassador in France ( Edge ) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 21—5:58 a.m.]
223. Your 164, July 19, noon.18 While it is unfortunate Adams cannot return, nevertheless, in view of Borduge’s expressed willingness to resume negotiations and, if possible, to reach an agreement between experts binding on Borduge, I believe it decidedly advisable that Alvord return and conference proceed as per my telegram No. 222, July 18, 7 p.m.
Alvord would, of course, represent Washington’s latest reactions and his presence here a week before Borduge leaves and Mills’ return would give time for final draft and, I hope, understanding.
On the one hand, if we ignore Borduge’s proposal, advantages already gained are greatly jeopardized.
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