The Minister in Egypt (Fish) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 24—1:55 p.m.]
21. Department’s telegram No. 9, February 21, 1 p.m. As I have not been pressed for an answer I would suggest postponing a reply until the Minister of Foreign Affairs again approaches me.
I find some difficulty in reconciling the use of the word “may” in the Department’s telegram with the final paragraph thereof in view of the apparent desirability that the precise nature and extent of my reply should be communicated [to?] the offices mentioned.
When and if I do make a reply should I not forward copies thereof along with copies of the Department’s No. 9 to the three offices? Copies of my telegram No. 1340 have already been transmitted.