740.00115 European War 1939/152: Telegram

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

972. You 2135, November 25, 10 a.m. Department has just received the reply of the British Government responsive to the proposal contained in Department’s 605, September 29, 5 p.m. to Berlin.69 It is contained in London’s 2454, November 25, 1 p.m. to Department. Department is instructing London to repeat that message to you. The British reply is fortunately not antagonistic to the general principles proposed by the United States Government to the three Governments concerned. Before you present the British reply to the German Government you will please await further instructions from Department which will follow as soon as practical.

However, Department feels that we would not be justified in withholding longer the communication which the French Government requested you to present to the German Government and which is the subject matter of yours under reference. You will consequently please present that communication. Contemporaneously with instructions which will follow to you Department proposes to present the matter for the reconsideration of the French Government in view of the generally favorable attitude of the British Government as regards the principles involved, and you may so state orally to the German Government.

  1. See footnote 62, p. 641.