Memorandum by the Under Secretary of State (Welles) to the Assistant Secretary of State (Berle)

Dr. Berle: The British Ambassador is very much exercised about this whole matter. It does not seem to me that we should grant passports to these people, at a time when there is such a tremendous need for priorities on urgent official business, unless the British Ambassador himself agrees that they should go. I wonder if you will not take this matter up with the British Embassy and get their views. If the British Government and the British Embassy agree that these people should go, of course passports should be issued. Otherwise it seems to me we should inform the members of this delegation that they should communicate their views and their suggestions to the British Ambassador in Washington.