The Chargé in the United Kingdom (Bucknell) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 10—2:29 p.m.]
8589. Department’s 7786, 9th, regarding whaling conference. Embassy has been told informally by Dobson, Bureau of Fisheries, that due to engagements made following advice of Department’s inability [Page 1141] to appoint delegates for conference early in December, it will be very difficult to hold conference on or about December 15th as the Department suggests. He now proposes convening conference the morning of January 4th and states that Foreign Office will issue an official invitation for this date. Commander Richmond is not in London at present and information is not available as to the date of his return.