The Commissioner in India (Merrell) to the Secretary of State
[Received October 31.]
Sir: I have the honor to refer to despatch No. 2385  of October 11, 1945, from the Consulate General at Bombay entitled “Possible Consulate at Lahore, Punjab.”34
I agree with the opinion expressed in the despatch under reference that Lahore plus Amritsar together are of importance both commercially and politically. The attitude of the Government of India, however, remains one of opposition to normal consular representation [Page 260]of any kind except at the principal ports; this attitude will, of course, change when India takes another step or two towards self government, and it is possible that a change might be effected now should the United States wish to request it.
In this connection there is enclosed a copy of a memorandum of a conversation between Mills of this office and the Secretary of External Affairs35 regarding the attitude of the Government of India towards the establishment of a consular section in the Mission.
- Not printed.↩
- Lt. Col. R. R. Burnett, Joint and Acting Secretary to the Government of India in the External Affairs Department.↩
- Douglas Flood, Secretary of Mission at New Delhi; also Consul at Calcutta.↩
- Mildred I. Monroe, Attaché at New Delhi, also Vice Consul at Calcutta.↩
- Lt. Gen. Raymond A. Wheeler, Commanding General, India–Burma Theater.↩
- The East India Company period, 1765–1857, when the Company directly controlled the administration of government in India, under charter grant from the British Parliament.↩
- Field Marshal Sir Archibald P. Wavell, Viscount Wavell, Viceroy of India since October 1943.↩
- The 560 or so separate states ruled by local princes or princely governments, whose only constitutional bond was their common direct relationship with the British King-Emperor who, through the Crown Representative in India (always the Governor-General and Viceroy), wielded paramount power; this was in contrast to the centrally governed provinces of British India whose administration in India was headed by the Governor-General-in-Council, in turn responsible to a British Cabinet officer in London, the Secretary of State for India.↩