Memorandum of Conversation, by the Acting Secretary of State

The Polish Ambassador, in the company of the Polish Acting Foreign Minister, called to see me this afternoon.

I said that with regard to possible financial aid to Poland for the purposes mentioned in the Foreign Minister’s letter to the President,35 it would assist this Government if the Polish Ambassador [Page 114] were to give me a detailed statement covering the status of the Assets of the Polish Government, the sources of its present revenues and the amounts thereof, and a statement of the present expenditures and immediate financial commitments of the Polish Government. I said that the President had authorized me to say that in principle this Government would give favorable consideration to the requests made by the Polish Government.

The Minister and Ambassador expressed great satisfaction and the Ambassador said that he would have the necessary statement prepared at once and would send it to me.36

The Minister spoke with satisfaction of his conversation with Admiral Standley. He did not bring up again the question of the relations between the Soviet Union and Poland, nor did he refer to the suggested agreement which General Sikorski had communicated to Ambassador Biddle yesterday, as reported by the latter.37

S[umner] W[elles]
  1. Not printed.
  2. A memorandum and annex on the financial situation of the Polish Government and its expenditures incurred for war purposes were sent in a note of March 13, 1942, from the Polish Ambassador to the Acting Secretary of State; not printed (860C.51/1488).
  3. See footnote 34, p. 113.