740.00111–A Recruiting/150: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in France (Bullitt)

18. For Biddle. Your 52, June 8, 6 p.m.30 It is suggested that unless you perceive some reason for not so doing you inform the Foreign Minister31 that in the opinion of your Government it would [Page 217] serve no useful purpose for the Polish Government to send a Polish official at the present time to this country on an unofficial mission of the type envisaged. You may add that your Government feels that under conditions prevailing in the United States it would be preferable for all activities on behalf of the Polish Government in the United States to be carried on so far as possible through existing diplomatic and consular channels. You may express the hope that, in view of your Government’s feelings in this regard, the Polish Government will not press its proposal to send the person mentioned to the United States.


[By his note No. 49/SZ–L–2, July 26, 1940, the Polish Ambassador protested to the Department of State against the annexation of Polish territories by the Soviet Union, and the cession of Vilna to Lithuania. See Foreign Relations, 1940, volume III, page 207.]

  1. Not printed. Ambassador Biddle had here advised that the Polish Government, now located at Angers, France, had wanted to send Col. François Rola Arciszewski, chief of the military household of Polish President Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, in an unofficial capacity to the United States to make discreet inquiries among the leaders of Polish-American organizations for the purpose of recruiting, or obtaining other forms of cooperation, of Polish elements in connection with war efforts, all in conformity with United States laws and regulations.
  2. August Zaleski.