The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Italy ( Garrett )

No. 303

Sir: With reference to your despatch No. 642, of December 5, 1930,3 I quote for your confidential information the memorandum of my conversation with the Italian Ambassador on December 15, 1930, as follows:

“The Italian Ambassador came in to read me a translation of a telegram which had come from Foreign Minister Grandi thanking me personally for my intervention in the press campaign against Italy on the subject of the use of foreign loans to force disarmament. The telegram also said that Mussolini was very appreciative of the friendship which we had thus shown towards Italy.

“After the Ambassador had finished the telegram he said that now despatches from Holland indicated that a campaign was being commenced against the lira.”

Very truly yours,

H. L. Stimson
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