Memorandum by Mr. John R. Minter of the Division of European Affairs

Mr. Macgregor telephoned me this morning and quoted a personal telegram which he had just received from Mr. Murphy, Secretary of Commerce in Australia. The following is as near to verbatim as I can recollect: [Page 329]

“We are not breaking off negotiations although the position is rendered extremely difficult by inadequacy of United States offers on wool and mutton and lamb and by the extent of their requests. An official instruction is going forward to you through the usual Cabinet channels and should reach you by the end of July.”

[Discussions were interrupted by the outbreak of war and were not resumed until 1941.]