548.D1/38: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Switzerland (Wilson)

49. Upon receipt of the League’s invitation to serve on the Governing Body for aid to German Refugees, assuming that its text coincides with that submitted to the Dep’t in Geneva’s 259 October 14,26 you are instructed to deliver to Avenol27 the following note of acceptance:

“The Secretary of State of the United States of America has the honor to acknowledge the communication, dated October (?), 1933, from the Secretary General of the League of Nations, in which the Secretary General requests to be informed whether the American Government desires, in accordance with the Assembly’s resolution of October 11, 1933 and the Council’s designation of October 12, 1933, to be represented on the Governing Body charged with assisting the High Commissioner who will direct the work of assistance to refugees coming from Germany.

In view of the fact that the people of the United States have, in times past, invariably regarded with a sympathetic interest all efforts to alleviate the plight of unfortunate peoples who find themselves in destitute circumstances beyond their control, the Secretary of State takes pleasure in informing the Secretary General that the American Government will be happy to name, at an early date, a representative to serve on the Governing Body.”

  1. Not printed. See text of the invitation quoted in the letter of October 19 to President Roosevelt, supra.
  2. Joseph Avenol, Secretary General of the League of Nations.