125.733/31: Telegram

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

193. Your 353, May 12, 4 p.m. You should acknowledge the receipt of the note of May 9 from the Foreign Office and state in your note that a commission will be issued to Mr. Irving N. Linnell as Consul General at Prague, Bohemia which will be submitted with a formal application for his exequatur at an early date.

You should also state orally when presenting your note that this action does not indicate a change in this Government’s stated position with regard to Czechoslovakia.3

The language of the final paragraph of the note of May 9 from the Foreign Office indicates that exequaturs are not required for subordinate consular officers at Prague. As Kennan has never had an exequatur, you may inquire orally whether an exequatur will be required for him.

  1. See Department of State, Press Releases, March 18, 1939, p. 199.