551.5F1/52: Telegram

The Ambassador in Great Britain (Dawes) to the Secretary of State


67. I conveyed to the Prime Minister in a personal note the contents of your telegram 51 of February 28. His reply of March 4 is as follows:42

“My Dear Dawes, Thank you so much for your note. I shall await a further communication. Meantime, you might find an opportunity of telling your Secretary of State that I am turning my thoughts to some big international move to try and straighten out the present deplorable economic conditions of the world. I have been so busy with other things that I have not had time to concentrate upon this, so that I can produce no definite program, but I am sure that Mr. Stimson and the President will be interested. Do you think it would be possible for them to exchange views with me on the subject? I think that the present state of affairs gives our two countries an extraordinary opportunity of stepping in and doing a really great service to the rest of the world. Could we cooperate? Yours faithfully, Very sincerely, J. Ramsay MacDonald.”

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