123 Dodd, William Edward/23: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Germany (Gordon)

80. Your 114, June 30, 3 p.m. The Foreign Office seems to have missed the purpose of the procedure that we proposed day before yesterday and that we have ourselves followed in analogous cases. Official correspondence takes place between the incumbent of the Embassy and the Foreign Office, the only difference being that it is addressed to and signed as “appointed Ambassador” rather than as Ambassador. In view of the technical and clearly unhelpful attitude which you report, I am asking the German Chargé d’Affaires to come to see me and impressing upon him the inconsistency between the desire expressed that we hasten the appointment of an Ambassador and the present position taken at the Foreign Office. You will appreciate the importance of settling this problem before the arrival of Ambassador Dodd who will sail on July 5 in order to prevent embarrassment and inevitable unpleasant publicity.