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

Mr. Long: Lord Halifax, who is leaving town this evening for a week, called me on the telephone. He told me that on May 22, in a conversation he had had with the Secretary, he had asked urgently, in the name of his Government, for a reply from us with regard to the question of the construction of the proposed camps in North Africa for refugees from Spain. He told me that the Secretary had replied that the matter was before the President for the latter’s decision and that he would do his best to expedite a, reply. Will you see what can be done to get the necessary answer to the British Government? Lord Halifax requested that when we had an answer we inform Sir Ronald Campbell, since he himself will not be back until the week after next.

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