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Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State (Wilson) of a Trans-Atlantic Telephone Conversation With the Chargé in the United Kingdom (Johnson)

As instructed by the Secretary, I told Mr. Herschel Johnson that we were willing to have the Belgians utilize a formula reading as [Page 82] follows: “At the request of the British Government and with the approval of the American Government.” I pointed out that the word “and” had been inserted and that the word “approval” had been authorized instead of “support.” Johnson replied that the Belgians would be somewhat disappointed and I said that our preoccupation was that nothing should be done that would seem to hitch us too definitely with the British and, above all, give the impression that we were following the British. Johnson said he would report at once upon learning anything definite.

Hugh R. Wilson