123W694/371: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)

4128. Your 4615, September 30.2b Mr. Wilson is severing his connection with the Consulate General at Calcutta and as indicated in Department’s 3840, September 16,2b he has been succeeded by George R. Merrell, who has been assigned Consul General at Calcutta.

We are in complete accord that the Consulate General remain as a separate entity, but it is our desire that the subordinate officers at Delhi shall be qualified to perform consular functions as of Calcutta.

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We are entirely agreeable to the proposal that neither Mr. Wilson nor Sir Girja Bajpai shall present letters of credence and as suggested, Mr. Wilson will be provided with an informal letter of introduction addressed by the President to the Viceroy.2c

  1. Not printed.
  2. Not printed.
  3. President Roosevelt’s letter was presented by Mr. Wilson to the Viceroy on November 21.