On November 12, the Department of State transmitted to 46 posts
guidance for the upcoming Bermuda Conference. The posts were
instructed to use the substance of circular telegram 1228, June 24,
which had transmitted the guidance for the meeting of the Heads of
Governments in July that had been postponed due to Churchill’s illness.
Circular telegram 1228 stated that the individual posts should
inform the governments to which they were accredited:
In addition to this, the posts were instructed to discourage speculation that the December meeting stemmed from the Soviet note of November 3 or from special concern over Soviet policy or that the three powers were developing an alternative to the European Defense Community. (Circular telegram 192; 396.1/11–1253)