033.5111 Laval, Pierre/27

Memorandum by the Secretary of State

During the call of the Italian Ambassador7 he asked me about the visit of M. Laval and whether that was going to undo all our policy of disarmament. I told the Ambassador, by no means, and I spoke of the good opinion I had formed of Laval during my visit to Europe and said that I thought his influence was for moderation in French policy. I called the Ambassador’s attention to my appointment of Wilson8 as a member of the Committee on the Grandi holiday proposal9 as evidence of my sincere desire to back them up.

H[enry] L. S[timson]
  1. Nobile Giacomo de Martino.
  2. Hugh R. Wilson, Minister in Switzerland.
  3. See vol. i, pp. 440 ff.