840.50/436: Telegram

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

2152. Your 2501, May 8, midnight,25 and 2750, May 11, midnight. We are gratified that Law and Ronald are coming and look forward to talking with them. Their visit will afford a convenient opportunity to discuss certain procedural questions in connection with discussions on commercial policy, as well as other phases of postwar problems.

We expect to discuss commercial policy also with the Russians and other governments and consider it important (1) that each be kept generally informed of any discussions on this subject with any of the others and (2) that our discussions with the British be handled in such a way as to avoid any ground for suspicion that the British and ourselves are formulating a specific program for subsequent presentation to the others. The prospective discussions with the British visitors of these and related procedural questions will help us to consider the matter of a time and place for active discussions.

  1. Not printed; it reported that Eden was sending Law on a visit to the United States and requested clipper passage for Law and Ronald, who would accompany him (811.79640 Reservations/1598).