550.S1/157: Telegram

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

232. For Atherton. Your No. 236, August 4, 3 p.m.13 As to the place and date of the Monetary and Economic Conference, the American Government feels that, if agreeable to the British Government, the Conference ought to be held in London. This has in general been the understanding since the beginning of the discussions.

As to the date, the American Government would, of course, prefer not to have the conference meet before the 15th of November at the earliest. It would seem difficult to make full preparations necessary even by that date. If the conference were held in December, there would be the Christmas holidays ahead and if the British Government would prefer to have it postponed until January, as has been rumored, we should have no objection.

You may use the above if you see fit informally in your conversations with Sir John Simon.

There have been various press rumors that this Government wanted the conference held in Washington. This is not true. For various reasons we should be greatly opposed to any such suggestion.

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