The Chargé in the United Kingdom (Johnson) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 20—3:20 p.m.]
788. Your 496, December 18, 1 p.m., last paragraph. The Foreign Office gave no indication as to whether it was in general agreement [Page 879] with the principles set forth in the Department’s memorandum but merely expressed its great interest in the Department’s views. The failure to give any immediate reaction was probably due to the fact that the official with whom the matter was discussed, who is a legal adviser, had not had an opportunity to consult with the Board of Trade officials who are carrying on the active negotiations. I shall endeavor to have a further interview tomorrow and will telegraph.