The Ambassador in Canada (Atherton) to the Secretary of State
Sir: I have the honor to refer to the Department’s Restricted telegram No. 161 of September 22, 1947, 5 p.m., and to the Embassy’s reply No. 141 of September 24, 2 p.m.,1 both on the subject of the Newfoundland Air Bases Agreement.
In accordance with the promise made by the Department of External Affairs, as mentioned in the Embassy’s telegram, there is enclosed herewith copy of an Aide-Mémoire dated September 25, 1947, which is entitled “Newfoundland-United States Base Fields Agreement”, which the Department of External Affairs has transmitted to the Canadian High Commissioner in St. John’s, Newfoundland, for delivery to the Newfoundland Commission of Government. The Embassy believes that this Aide-Mémoire goes as far as it is possible for the Canadian Government to go, particularly in view of the present very delicate relationships which exist between the Dominion and Newfoundland over confederation.
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