Memorandum by the Under
Secretary of State (
Memorandum of Conversation
Subject: Declaration of War against Japan
|Participants:||Italian Ambassador, Signor Alberto Tarchiani;|
|Under Secretary, Mr. Grew|
The Italian Ambassador called on me this morning and took up with me the following matters:
1. He left with me a letter addressed to the President enclosing a memorandum outlining the present position of Italy and her vital needs and aspirations. The Ambassador said that knowing how occupied the President must be at this particular moment he had not ventured to ask to see the President personally, and he had therefore sought me as an intermediary for delivering his letter. I said that I would with pleasure see that the letter gets into the hands of the President without delay.
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- For the paragraph of this memorandum not printed here, see document No. 236.↩
- Printed from a carbon copy with a typed signature which appears to have accompanied the original and to have been detached for the files of the Department of State. For attachments 1 and 2, see document No. 236.↩
- Treaties and Other International Acts Series No. 1604; 61 Stat. (3) 2740.↩
- See document No. 236, footnote 4.↩
- The reference is apparently to the Treaty of Bardo of May 12, 1881 (text in British and Foreign State Papers, vol. lxxii, p. 247), to which only France and Tunis were parties, imposing a French protectorate in Tunis. It was not until September 28, 1896, that France and Italy signed three conventions at Paris (see ibid., vol. lxxxviii, p. 717) guaranteeing French recognition of the rights of Italians in Tunis in exchange for Italian recognition of the French protectorate.↩
- For the paragraph omitted at this point, see document No. 249.↩