740.0011 European War 1939/8740: Telegram

The Minister in Ireland (Gray) to the Secretary of State

25. For the Under Secretary. On February 26 at my request the Prime Minister received me. I set forth the substance of the Under [Page 221] Secretary’s letter to me dated December 26, 1940, with memorandum of conversations with Brennan enclosed.12 I pointed out I had left with the Prime Minister a copy of the paraphrased text of the Under Secretary’s instructions to me dated November 1913 when he received me on November 22 and that this text would obviously be conclusive as to what Mr. Welles said. The paraphrased text was produced from the files and he suggested that a misunderstanding must have arisen as between Brennan and his office. I made no comment on this point. He did not suggest that I had attempted to alter the text in conversation and accepted without objection the letter which I handed him and which he read in my presence giving my view of the transaction.

  1. The memoranda referred to are those of November 9 and December 9, Foreign Relations, 1940, vol. iii, pp. 166 and 173, respectively; Under Secretary’s letter not printed.
  2. Telegram No. 77, November 19, 6 p.m., ibid., p. 171.