740.0011 European War 1939/11314: Telegram

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

2123. Personal for the Secretary. Thanks messages. Your telegram 1800, May 24, midnight27 received Sunday at noon. I made appointment with the Prime Minister for 4:30 p.m. and discussed Irish situation with him for 2 hours. Monday I met Mr. Eden27a at 12:30 and we went over the same ground. This evening I dined with the Prime Minister and we agreed that I should send you the following message:

“The Ulster Government has weakened considerably over the weekend and in consequence the Cabinet is inclined to the view it would be more trouble than it was worth to go through with conscription. No immediate decision will be taken and in the meantime, the less made of the affair the better.”

  1. Not printed; it informed the Ambassador of the President’s desire to have him discuss with Mr. Churchill the question of conscription in Northern Ireland in the light of reports from the Minister in Ireland (740.0011 European War 1939/11239).
  2. Anthony Eden, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.