740.0011 Moscow/33: Telegram

The Chargé in the Soviet Union (Hamilton) to the Acting Secretary of State

1647. Pending the establishing of a procedure here for supplying you regularly with telegraphic reports relating to the activities of the U.S. Delegation to the Three Power Conference I am giving you a brief résumé of the activities during the first 24 hours since the delegation arrived.

Mr. Hull and Mr. Eden accompanied by Mr. Harriman and the British Ambassador, respectively, and by the senior members of the [Page 575] respective American and British delegations called on Mr. Molotov on October 18, at 6 p.m. During this call there were taken up in a preliminary way questions relating to procedure and to publicity. The atmosphere throughout the call was very cordial and friendly.

Following the arrival of the U.S. delegation at their hotel, McDermott met the American press correspondents and gave them informal background comment in regard to members of the United States delegation.

On October 9 [19?], at 11 a.m., Secretary Hull held a meeting of the members of the American delegation. At 12 o’clock Mr. Eden conferred with Mr. Hull. At 2:30 p.m. Mr. Molotov called on Mr. Hull. At 4 p.m. there occurred the first regular meeting of the three Foreign Ministers. By agreement there were present in addition to the three Foreign Ministers only the senior representatives of each Government.

The Soviet Government has placed at the disposal of Secretary Hull an armor-protected limousine with bullet-proof glass. It has assigned to him as aides an officer of the Foreign Office and a colonel of the Red Army.