The Ambassador in France ( Bullitt ) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 22—9:43 a.m.]
1538. In view of the evidence accumulating hourly which indicates that Hitler has decided to attack Poland in the immediate future, I have this morning sent the following telegram to all American consular officers in France.
“Circular. For your own information and guidance but not for publication: If Americans ask you for advice you should advise them to return to the United States unless they have important reasons to remain in Europe.”
I have not yet issued any public warning to Americans. I should be glad if you would inform me immediately whether or not you wish me to issue such a warning or whether or not you intend to issue from the Department a general warning to all Americans in Europe.