The Ambassador in Italy (Phillips) to the Secretary of State

No. 922

Sir: With reference to the Embassy’s despatch No. 752 [782] of January 28, 1938 and to the Department’s instruction No. 253 of February 7, 1938 (File No. 365D.1163/106) concerning the United Presbyterian Mission properties in Italian East Africa, I have the honor to inform the Department that this matter has been repeatedly called to the attention of the Foreign Office and a definitive reply solicited.

On the occasion of a call on May 23 by a member of the Embassy staff on the Foreign Office official in charge of African affairs, the latter stated that the matter was still under consideration by the Vice [Page 720]Regal authorities in East Africa and that an estimate of the value of the properties was in the course of preparation. He understood that, in drawing up the estimates, the Mission authorities were being consulted. As soon as the estimates could be prepared, the question of the funds involved would then have to be taken up with the Exchange Minister. Commendatore Guarnaschelli promised, however, to keep the Embassy informed of any developments in this connection.

Respectfully yours,

For the Ambassador:
Edward L. Reed
Counselor of Embassy