The Acting Secretary of State to the British Chargé (Osborne)

Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your Aide-Mémoire of August 13, 1932, in which His Majesty’s Government proposes to suggest to the Inviting Powers to the Lausanne Conference that the Council of the League of Nations should be requested (1) to allow the preparatory committee of experts of the Monetary and Economic Conference to meet at Geneva, (2) to permit the Secretariat General of the League of Nations to undertake the secretariat of this expert committee and (3) to fix a date for the meeting of this committee to suit the convenience of all interested elements.

In response to your inquiry, I wish to state that the Government of the United States is in agreement with the course of action proposed. In regard to the date of the first meeting of the preparatory committee, it appears to this Government that sometime during the second half of September would be a suitable date. This Government would find it difficult to be represented before September 15, and subject to this reservation, would be glad to agree upon a date acceptable to other Powers concerned.

Accept [etc.]

W. R. Castle, Jr.