845.00/1780: Telegram

Mr. William Phillips, Personal Representative of President Roosevelt in India, to the Secretary of State

115. The Viceroy informs me this morning (reference my 114, of February 8, 11 p.m. [a.m.]) that Gandhi has expressed himself as unprepared to take advantage of the Government’s proposals to release him and has postponed his fast for 24 hours in order that the Viceroy and his Council may consider his (Gandhi’s) reply. (This would seem to indicate that Gandhi has made counter proposals). Lord Linlithgow says that this is being done with all urgency and during the course of the day a decision will be taken in regard to which he will send me details for my personal and secret information. He again cautions me to insure the completest possible secrecy in order to avoid any leakage of the situation.