The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)
4787. Your 5045, October 22, 7 p.m. and 5073, October 24, 5 p.m.12 The War Department has a supply ship ready to sail from Hawaii for Christmas Island October 30. Please request British concurrence in starting immediate construction. You may add, if the question is raised, that we regard any construction there as without prejudice to the general question of sovereignty over the island.
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