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The Commissioner in India (Merrell) to the Secretary of State

No. 107

Sir: I have the honor to inform the Department that the approval of the House Immigration Committee of the Indian Immigration Bill has received small but favorable press notices here. Were it not for the preoccupation of the press over the Wavell Plan,93 the Immigration Bill would undoubtedly have received much more attention.

All papers mentioned that Mr. Phillips94 had testified before the Committee in favor of the bill and Dawn95 captioned its Reuters’ announcement “William Phillips Supports Indian Immigration Bill.”

Respectfully yours,

George R. Merrell
  1. Proposals concerning the future government of India made at New Delhi on June 14 by the Governor-General and Viceroy of India, Viscount Wavell; see British Cmd. 6652, India: Statement of the Policy of His Majesty’s Government made by the Secretary of State for India on June 14th, 1945; see also ante, pp. 249 ff.
  2. William Phillips, Special Assistant to the Secretary of State, and formerly Personal Representative of President Roosevelt to India; for documentation regarding the Phillips mission to India, see Foreign Relations, 1943, vol. iv, pp. 178 ff., and ibid., 1944, vol. v, pp. 232 ff.
  3. Moslem League newspaper.