Memorandum of Conversation, by the Secretary of State

The British Ambassador came in at his request. In response to an inquiry made on the occasion of his last call I repeated my statement that this Government was doing its utmost to improve relations between France and Great Britain; that I must again refer to the lack of a disposition on the part of Great Britain to endeavor to promote better relations with France and Russia, adding that I did not say this by way of criticism, but, as he well knew, this Government was intensely interested in the course of France and Russia during coming months, and especially so at highly critical or pivotal stages where their action or attitude might tip the scales either way in connection with the British and German military contest, and that it was from this viewpoint that the Ambassador must understand that this Government was intensely interested.

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