The Second Secretary of the British Embassy (Middleton) to Mr. Franklin C. Gowen of the Division of Southern European Affairs

My Dear Gowen: With reference to our conversation yesterday morning I am writing to let you know that we agree with you that there is some apparent discrepancy between paragraph 5 and the last sentence of paragraph 6 of our Aide-Mémoire No. 266 of the 12th [17th] May on the subject of Axis Diplomats accredited to the Vatican. The gist lies in the last sentence of paragraph 6: we would like to know whether you agree that any Axis agent apprehended outside the Vatican City should, as a matter of grace rather than of right, be given the choice of entering the Vatican City or returning to his own country under safe conduct. I think it is clear that we do not wish to have such agents living in Rome outside the limits of the Vatican City.71

Yours sincerely,

George H. Middleton
  1. Two marginal comments are found on this document signed by F[ranklin] C. G[owen]: “Discussed with H[ugh] S. F[ullerton] and agreed to tell Middleton this is acceptable to us”; “Ackn’d to Middleton by phone stating that we agreed.”