110.11 DU/5–2454: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the United States Delegation 1


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Tedul 127. Eyes only for Under Secretary from Secretary. Re Dulte 105.2 If your answer reflects merely personal preference I can well understand it. However, we want to be sure that you feel that the substitution mentioned would not be misinterpreted by other friendly Foreign Ministers who are there as a slight to them and also that you feel that it would not be interpreted as U.S. writing off the conference or effort to sabotage conference. We do not want to be blamed for causing conference failure. We assume that if you do plan return as suggested, you would get here June 7th or 8th, and the maximum advance notice should be given so as to avoid impression that your departure is related to some particular event. On receipt of your reply3 I will take matter up with the President.

Incidentally, I find at all quarters agreement on brilliant job you are doing.

  1. Drafted by the Secretary of State.
  2. In telegram Tedul 111, May 24, Secretary Dulles informed Under Secretary Smith that he had planned for some time to make a trip of the Middle West and West beginning on June 9 and that he “would hope very much you could be back by then as would be reluctant to leave Department for several days at this juncture without you.” (110.11 DU/5–2454) In reply, Smith, in telegram Dulte 105, May 24, informed the Secretary that “nothing would make me happier. I see no reason why this could not be done.” (110.11 DU/5–2454)
  3. See Dulte 123, May 27, p. 940.