867N.01/749½

The Chief of the Division of Near Eastern Affairs ( Murray ) to the Assistant Secretary of State ( Moore )

Dear Judge Moore: In connection with our discussions on the Palestine situation and with particular reference to the matter of Jewish immigration into Palestine, I feel sure you will be interested in noting the attached correspondence5 of 1923 between Mr. Hughes, then Secretary of State, and Mr. Slemp, then Secretary to President Coolidge.

In line with what I said this morning, I would point out and emphasize the following statement contained in Mr. Hughes’ letter:

“As this Government cannot assume any responsibility for the situation which might be created in case Palestine were open to unlimited immigration, and since we ourselves take the most stringent measures to control immigration, I do not feel that we could properly approach the British Government with a view to any change in their present immigration regulations in Palestine.”

Wallace Murray
  1. Correspondence not attached to file copy of letter.