Memorandum by the First Secretary of Embassy in Great Britain (Thaw)9

This morning I telephoned the First Secretary of the Legation of the Hejaz and Nejd to ask when a reply might be expected to the memorandum regarding the recognition of the Kingdom of the Hejaz and Nejd and its Dependencies by the United States which was handed to the Minister by Mr. Atherton10 on March 5. After consulting the Minister, the Secretary informed me that the Minister had this morning received a communication from his Government stating that the suggestions made were acceptable, and that the answer would be in the affirmative, further details being now on the way. The Secretary added that the delay was due to the time required for communicating with his Government, two weeks being needed in each direction, but gave me to understand that the Minister would write to the Ambassador as soon as he was in possession of his full instructions, which it was thought would be within the next few days.

Benjamin Thaw, Jr.

  1. Copy transmitted to the Department by the Ambassador in Great Britain in his despatch No. 1808, April 1; received April 11.
  2. Ray Atherton, Counselor of Embassy.