548.D1/41: Telegram

The Consul at Geneva (Gilbert) to the Secretary of State

270. 1. Conveyed information to Avenol as instructed in the Department’s telegram 112, October 24, 4 p.m., immediately upon receipt yesterday.

2. At private meeting of designated officials (Consulate’s 246, October 12, 6 p.m.,30 paragraph 1–C) held this morning it was decided to offer McDonald31 (Consulate’s 263, October 17, 5 p.m.,30 final paragraph) the appointment as High Commissioner for German refugees.

The Secretary General will communicate with him direct.

3. Learn that Avenol presented telegram from Raymond Fosdick,32 the French representative, a telegram from French Embassy at Washington and other messages in support of McDonald and that his choice was unanimous.

4. Department’s telegram to American Legation at Bern No. 49, October 24, 4 p.m. The League is making American note public today.

  1. Not printed.
  2. James G. McDonald, of the Foreign Policy Association.
  3. Not printed.
  4. New York lawyer.