845.00/1384: Telegram

The Officer in Charge at New Delhi ( Merrell ) to the Secretary of State

505. I am of course entirely ignorant as to the plans for a Chief of Mission here. In the event however that Colonel Johnson is not returning to India I venture to recommend that if the United States is to participate in the settlement of this problem the extreme importance and delicacy of the undertaking would warrant the appointment of a trained diplomat of great distinction and prestige. (Reference is; made to my 501, July 21, noon, and previous telegrams on the same subject).

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As viewed from here the appointment of Ambassador Phillips10 would seem so ideal that I cannot refrain from suggesting his name.

  1. William Phillips, former Ambassador in Italy; at this time Director of the London office of the Office of Strategic Services.