124.84/64: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister Resident in Ethiopia ( Engert )

190. We now have word from London that British Legation is unable to furnish permanent guard for your Legation. However, Foreign Office has agreed to telegraph Barton to send convoy to evacuate you and other occupants of the Legation. This offer has been accepted and in view of the ever increasing danger of the situation I urge you to take advantage of the opportunity afforded you.

We are proud of the courage and resourcefulness shown by all of you in defending the Legation, but your safety is now the paramount factor and you should have no hesitancy in leaving as soon as the convoy reaches you.