120. Memorandum From the Under Secretary of State (Hoover) to the Secretary of State 1

In a telephone conversation with Cabot Lodge at his home in Beverly, Massachusetts, this morning, I outlined to him your decision not to accept the “package deal” for admitting certain members to the UN. Ambassador Lodge told me that he was very much in favor of your decision and believed that it was the only course which we could properly follow and remain consistent with our past policies.

Ambassador Lodge said that he believed we should consider the membership for the UN of any particular country entirely on its own merits—we should be for those countries we thought were suitable for membership, and against those we did not believe measured up to the requirements.

We discussed the possibility of his making a visit to see you at Duck Island in the event that positive action would be necessary in [Page 300] order to head off some of the activities of delegations who were lobbying for a package deal.

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 310.2/9–255. Secret.