The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador (Lindsay)6
Excellency: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your note No. 316 of November 5, 1935, in which you inform me that a Mission appointed by your Government is proceeding to Canada where they will discuss with His Majesty’s Government in Canada the possible establishment of a trans-Atlantic air service.
You suggest that if the Government of the United States is prepared to enter into discussions in connection with such a service the above-mentioned Mission proceed to Washington to confer with the competent United States authorities after the conclusion of their conferences in Ottawa and you indicate that the Mission could arrive in this city at about the end of this month.
In reply I wish to state that this Government, within the limits of its authority, will be prepared to enter into discussions on this subject with the British Mission. In order to do this, if you will be good enough to advise me at your convenience as to the precise date of the arrival of the Mission I will arrange for its members to confer with the Inter-departmental Committee on Civil International Aviation appointed by the President on July 2, 1935.7
That Committee is simply charged with the duty of making observations and gathering information pertaining to civil international aviation in all its phases and submitting to the President such recommendations as may seem called for.