841.731/2122: Telegram

The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Kennedy) to the Secretary of State

2050. Your 1130, September 30, 5 p.m. Following note from Foreign Office dated October 14:

“His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs presents his compliments to His Excellency the United States Ambassador and with reference to Mr. Kennedy’s note No. 116 of the 3rd October last regarding the use of codes, telegraphic addresses and abbreviated signatures in telegraphic communications between Great Britain and the United States has the honor to inform His Excellency that arrangements are now being made to enable the under mentioned commercial codes to be used shortly:

  • Bentley’s second phrase.
  • Bentley’s complete.
  • A. B. C. sixth edition.
  • Peterson’s third edition.

The general use of telegraphic addresses has not up to the present been found possible but the matter is under examination by the authorities concerned.
Lord Halifax fears, however, that the question of abbreviated signatures is unlikely to be given favorable consideration.”