Memorandum of Conversation, by the Under Secretary of State (Welles)

The British Ambassador called to see me this morning. He said first that the British Government desired to express their very deep gratitude for the message from the President which I had transmitted to the Ambassador on January 1034 in reply to the inquiry which he had made of me on January 8. Sir Ronald Lindsay said that the British Government had determined for the time being to postpone making the statement which they had had under consideration that “naval preparations had now been completed” and had determined upon a prior step, namely, further representations to the Japanese Foreign Office through the British Ambassador in Tokyo. The Ambassador then handed me an aide-mémoire which summarized the instructions which had been sent by the British Foreign Office to the Ambassador in Tokyo.35 The Ambassador remarked that this was an extremely stiff note and that he trusted that the reply to be made by the Japanese Government would be satisfactory.

[Here follow comments on various other matters.]

S[umner] W[elles]
  1. Not found in Department files.
  2. Not printed; it concerned Japanese assaults on British officers at Shanghai (893.102S/1600).