500.A15A4 General Committee/34: Telegram

The Acting Chairman of the American Delegation (Gibson) to the Acting Secretary of State

139. Considerable interest is attached to the meeting of the General Commission this morning owing to the presence of MacDonald and Bruening.

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The former took occasion during a translation to make a personal appeal to Paul-Boncour in an informal conversation urging him to abandon his opposition to the British resolution telling him that the world was weary with the bickerings at Geneva over words and that he thought that it might help restore the confidence that was nearly lost in the proceedings here if the French would join in the support of a resolution for which there seemed to be such general agreement.

Paul-Boncour felt, however, that he was unable to respond to MacDonald’s reasoning.