The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Edge)
166. Your 223, July 21, 9 a.m. Alvord discussed his plans with the Department this morning. It is his intention to return to Paris for the purpose of putting the present agreement into final form, the changes from the present draft being for the most part verbal in character. It is also Alvord’s intention that upon completion of the drafting, the document will be merely initialed on the understanding that in December the matter will be taken up with Congressional leaders. Should support be obtained from these leaders the agreement could then be signed and submitted to the Senate. Alvord and Carroll are designated to carry on these further negotiations and authorized to initial the resulting document. Howell is to assist in the work. You may so advise the Foreign Office. Department sees no necessity for authorizing any member of Embassy to initial the agreement.