641.0031/66: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Bingham) to the Secretary of State

341. Until Eden, who is away for a week, returns I cannot appropriately take up your 234, July 3, 4 p.m., with any other Cabinet Minister. I shall, however, act on it at the earliest practicable [Page 675] moment. Before doing so I venture to suggest for your consideration that the second sentence of your memorandum be changed to read as follows: “Should the issuance of this statement be long deferred it would be a disappointment of corresponding magnitude”.38 Although Runciman’s and Chamberlain’s statements contained in the Embassy’s 323, June 25, 5 p.m., and 326, June 26, 6 p.m., were undoubtedly authoritative, nevertheless no official answer has been made by Eden to the memorandum contained in your 214, June 18, 6 p.m., and it would also seem to be desirable tactics not to proceed on the assumption that a hard and fast decision had been reached.

  1. By telegram No. 246, July 10, 1 p.m., the Ambassador was informed of the Secretary’s approval of the suggested change.