The Consul General at Geneva (Tittmann) to the Secretary of State
[Received 4:30 p.m.]
91. The Secretary General of the League of Nations has received a joint telegram dated June 12  from President Dodds of Princeton University, Carl TenBroeck, Director of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, and Frank Aydelotte, Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, inviting the Secretary General to transfer the technical sections of the League to Princeton and offering facilities for continuing the work there.15
Avenol is replying direct to this telegram and is declining.16 He has asked me to inform the Department of the foregoing and to state that for a number of reasons he feels that he should not accept the invitation under the present circumstances. He added, moreover, that [Page 318]at no time and under no circumstances would he consider such an invitation without prior understanding with our Government.