The Consul at Bombay ( Donovan ) to the Secretary of State
[Received June 8—2:26 p.m.]
424. This office had no correspondence whatever either direct or indirect with the Maharaja of Indore on this subject. Your 216.85 Neither I nor any member of my staff were associated in any way with the preparation of this letter.
At the request of a friend who is a press correspondent, I delivered to Reuters a sealed cover which unknown to me contained text of Maharaja’s letter. I did this as a personal favor to save time for my friend since I happened to be passing by Reuters office. Later that day I was informed by my friend of contents of cover. See my airmail despatch 567, June 3.86 This despatch and my 40087 were written after full text of letter had appeared Bombay Times of India May 29.