841D.01/216a: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Ireland (Gray)

116. Personal for the Minister. Your 132, October 14. For your information the following is the text of the Department’s telegram number 6737, October 27 to Ambassador Winant:

“Since the receipt of your telegram the President has asked us about the present status of this matter and we told him on October 11 of your expectation that a decision would be reached by the British authorities during the week of October 8. From our point of view the proposed approach becomes decreasingly desirable as time goes on. If therefore the British really wish to kill this proposal, their long continued inaction is well calculated to accomplish this end. Have you any further information as to when a decision is likely to be reached?”