The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Steinhardt) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 28—11:15 a.m.]
481. Embassy’s 474, August 26, 1 p.m. Inasmuch as the Foreign Office now declines to accord the Embassy the courtesy of permitting [Page 846]Dr. Nelson to have his household effects and particularly his medical instruments and supplies examined for export purposes by a customs officer at his place of residence and insists that the examination take place in the Moscow customhouse which I regard as unsanitary for the exposure of his already sterilized instruments and supplies, I request that the courtesy of waiving a bill of health for the Kim be not granted unless and until a further telegram on this subject is received from me. The courtesy being denied Dr. Nelson has been accorded heretofore to all departing diplomatic officers of this Mission.