The Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Kennedy) to the Secretary of State
[Received 5:02 p.m.]
703. Your 526, March 20, noon. Went to work immediately on your instructions. I have just received word from Board of Trade that “there was only one form which the order could legally take so that I fear it is impossible for us to meet the suggestion of the Secretary of State”. They have sent me copy of order in the form in which it is being made and also a copy of a notice to importers. This notice and order have already been made. I realize how important this is but it has been made clear to me that while they recognize the importance of doing what you suggest, that the law makes it impossible for them to do so. If you have any suggestion at all let me have it tonight and I will be on it the first thing in the morning. The only place I get cooperation in this particular thing is in conversation.