The Ambassador in the United Kingdom ( Bingham ) to the Secretary of State
[Received July 9—2:45 p.m.]
458. Informal note from the Foreign Office received this morning referred to its communication quoted in my 391, June 18, 1 p.m., and stated:
“As my Government must soon come to a decision as to the design of our capital ships for the 1938 programme, they would particularly appreciate any information which the Government of the United States can give them confidentially as to the calibre of the gun which will be mounted on the two new American capital ships, if a decision has now been reached in this matter”.