868.413 Bandholtz/19: Telegram (part air)

The Chargé in Hungary (Stewart) to the Secretary of State

31. Department’s cable 10, March 31, 4 p.m. It is becoming increasingly difficult to hold too much aloof without offending Hungarian sensibilities. Several wreaths are to be placed. Therefore, Haven [having?] consulted with Ambassador MacMurray9 passing through here on leave, I offer the suggestion that I be authorized to accompany the deposit of a wreath with some such words as the following:10

“I deem it an honor to deposit a wreath before this statue—a generous tribute from the Hungarian people to a fellow countryman of mine. He came to this country in the aftermath of war and remained to become a cherished friend.”

This development of a suggestion from the Hungarian side would tend to dissociate the whole affair from any implication or reflection upon the Rumanians.

  1. John Van Antwerp MacMurray, American Ambassador in Turkey.
  2. The Department approved this suggestion in its telegram No 18, August 12, 5 p.m. (864.413 Bandholtz/20).