Memorandum by the Secretary of State

The French Chargé d’Affaires23 came in and immediately proceeded to say that his Government had proposed to the British and Italian Governments that each should remain entirely aloof from the Spanish [Page 458]internal situation by maintaining an attitude of neutrality or of nonintervention in the internal affairs of that country during the present civil strife. He then added that his Government was very much disturbed about reports that other countries were violating such neutrality and were undertaking to engage in acts of interference or intervention as stated. He gave no names. He added that his Government desired the American Government to be made acquainted with its action in the premises.

I thanked him and expressed the keen interest felt by this Government in affairs of a threatening nature elsewhere and its anxious hope that peace in any event might be preserved. I remarked casually in closing that of course the Chargé was aware of the general attitude of this Government towards the doctrine of non-intervention.

C[ordell] H[ull]
  1. Jules Henry.