867N.00/358: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Consul at Jerusalem (Wadsworth)

Your August 22, 11 a.m. While the Department was informed of Senator Copeland’s proposed visit to Palestine, it had no previous information regarding the visit of Senators Austin and Hastings nor of any intention to investigate the Palestine situation.

If, as you report, the Chief Secretary of the Palestine Government considers that, on grounds of safety, the party cannot be permitted to tour the country, the Department assumes that the senators in question would not desire to do so. If in your opinion, and on the basis of the knowledge at your disposal, you regard such a tour as unsafe you will of course add your views to those of the above-mentioned British official, while at the same time endeavoring to obtain for the senators every courtesy and facility that may be possible and proper under the circumstances.