740.00115 European War 1939/28: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Germany (Kirk)

845. Department’s 605, September 29, 5 p.m.64 Department hopes that the delay experienced in receiving favorable responses from the British and French Governments will not militate against the eventual success of the movement proposed. While Department is aware that the government to which you are accredited made a prompt and satisfactory response and that the other two governments concerned have not given a definite answer, it is in receipt of advices which indicate that the delay on the part of the other two governments has been caused largely by the widespread geographical distribution of the authorities the British Government desired to consult and whose agreement they desired to obtain in order that the definite reply might be all-inclusive and comprehensive.

Department has reason to believe that a favorable reply will be forthcoming in the near future and is advising you for your confidential information and for your guidance in case the subject may be broached to you there. Department is very much interested in the success of the movement and trusts that the delays incident to a widespread consultation will not jeopardize its success nor will be used to justify any action which would violate the spirit of the prospective engagement, thereby endangering its success.

  1. See footnote 62, p. 641.