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The Chargé in the Soviet Union (Kirk) to the Secretary of State

No. 1893a

Sir: I have the honor to transmit herewith, as of possible interest to the Department, a tentative list81 of the Embassy’s unanswered notes at the Commissariat for Foreign Affairs upon the close of business on November 24, 1938, which I discussed with the officer in charge of the Third Western Division of the Commissariat on December 2 and a copy of which I transmitted to him in a personal letter on December 3 with the urgent request that he expedite the conclusion of the unfinished business.

This list of 134 cases82 on which representations have been addressed by the Embassy to the Foreign Office does not constitute a complete record of all pending matters as certain important; cases are the subject of special representations and as the present study of the records was not intended to be exhaustive. A copy of the list is, however, [Page 669]being transmitted to the Department as a graphic indication of the delays and difficulties experienced by the Embassy in obtaining responses to its representations to the Commissariat for Foreign Affairs.

Respectfully yours,

A. C. Kirk
  1. Not printed.
  2. A total of 323 unanswered notes was involved in these cases.