U.N. Security Council Debate On the Suez Canal Question; the Iraqi Proposal to Move Troops Into Jordan; Anglo-American Differences Over Scua; Israeli Mobilization; and U.S. Diplomatic Activity Prior to the Outbreak of Hostilities, October 5–29


300. Memorandum of a Conversation, Secretary Dulles’ Suite, Waldorf Astoria, New York, October 5, 1956, 10:15 a.m.

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 974.7301/10–556. Top Secret; Eyes Only. Drafted by Lodge. The time and place of the meeting are from a note attached to the source text from Macomber to Howe, dated October 6. According to Dulles’ Appointment Book, Dulles and party (Phleger, McCardle, Wilcox, Bowie, Tyler, Ludlow, Macomber, Bernau, Asbjornson, and two others) left Washington by air at 7:55 a.m. and arrived in New York at 9:15 a.m., October 5.


301. Report Prepared in the Executive Secretariat of the Department of State

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, International File. Top Secret; Eyes Only for Designated Recipient.


302. Message From the Secretary of State to the President

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 974.7301/10–656. Top Secret. Transmitted to the Department of State in Dulte 1 from USUN, 11 p.m., which is the source text, with the instruction: “Eyes only Acting Secretary for President from Secretary”. Dulte 1 was received at 12:26 a.m., October 6. A copy is in the Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Dulles–Herter Series.


303. Memorandum of a Conference With the President, White House, Washington, October 6, 1956, 10:35 a.m.

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Eisenhower Diaries. Secret. Drafted by Goodpaster. The time of the meeting is from the record of the President’s Daily Appointments. (Ibid.)


304. Telegram From the Department of State to the Mission at the United Nations

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 974.7301/10–656. Top Secret. Drafted by Hoover, cleared by Goodpaster, and approved by Kirk who signed for Hoover.


305. Memorandum From the Acting Secretary of State to the Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, South Asian, and African Affairs (Rountree)

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 784A.56/10–656. Top Secret. a marginal notation on the source text reads: “Mr. Rountree saw.”


306. Telegram From the Embassy in France to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 974.7301/10– 656. Top Secret; Priority. Received at 3:07 p.m. Repeated to London. A copy is in the Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Dulles–Herter Series.


307. Memorandum of a Conversation Between Secretary of State Dulles and Foreign Secretary Lloyd, Secretary Dulles’ Suite, Waldorf Astoria, New York, October 7, 1956, 6:30 p.m.

Source: Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 62 D 181, CF 794. Secret. Drafted by Dulles on October 8.


308. Memorandum of a Conversation, Secretary Dulles’ Suite, Waldorf Astoria, New York, October 7, 1956, 7:15 p.m.

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 974.7301/10–756. Secret, Drafted by Ludlow. At 6:45 p.m., Dulles and Lloyd, who had been meeting alone (see supra ), were joined by their advisers for a series of discussions. The U.S. record of these discussions was made according to the subjects discussed: NATO, the Suez Canal Users Association, Arab-Israeli participation in the Security Council debate on Suez, Cyprus, Libya, and Communist Chinese membership in the United Nations. Separate memoranda of these conversations are in Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 62 D 181, CF 788 and CF 794. The discussion on the Suez Canal Users Association is summarized in Document 314.

Also on October 7, Eban sent Dulles a letter, marked “Personal and Urgent”, containing a summary of Eban’s discussions with Pineau and Lloyd on Israeli participation at the Security Council session. (Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 62 D 181, CF 796)


309. Report Prepared in the Executive Secretariat of the Department of State

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, International File, Top Secret; Eyes Only for Designated Recipient.


310. Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation Between the President and the Acting Secretary of State, Washington, October 8, 1956, 4 p.m.

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Eisenhower Diaries. Prepared in the Office of the President.


311. Letter From the President to the Acting Secretary of State

Source: Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, White House Memoranda. Secret. A marginal notation on the source text reads: “6:20 p.m.” The source text, which is signed by Eisenhower, is attached to a covering note from Hoover to Dulles, dated October 8, which reads: “In connection with the attached letter, it occurs to me that as a result of the political situation the President may feel under some pressure to take a more direct part in the proceedings.” A copy of Eisenhower’s letter is in the Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Dulles–Herter Series.


312. Memorandum From Arthur H. Dean to the Secretary of State

Source: Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, Israeli Relations 1951–1957. Transmitted to Dulles under cover of a note from Dean which reads in part: “I enclose a memorandum with respect to my conversation with Ambassador Eban on Saturday morning [October 6], which I think is self-explanatory. If there is anything further that you want me to do on this matter, please let me know.”


313. Memorandum of a Conversation Between Secretary of State Dulles and Foreign Secretary Lloyd, Foreign Secretary Lloyd’s Suite, Waldorf Astoria, New York, October 8, 1956, 10 p.m.

Source: Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 62 D 181, CF 795. Top Secret. Drafted by Dulles.


314. Report Prepared in the Executive Secretariat of the Department of State

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, International File. Top Secret; Eyes Only for Designated Recipient.


315. Memorandum of a Conversation, Waldorf Astoria, New York, October 9, 1956, 1:30–3 p.m.

Source: Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 62 D 181, CF 796. Secret. Drafted by Rountree. A marginal notation on the source text reads: “to give most limited distribution”.


316. Telegram From the Embassy in the United Kingdom to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 974.7301/10–956. Top Secret; Priority. Received at 4:41 p.m. Repeated to Paris. A copy is in the Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Dulles–Herter Series.


317. Memorandum of a Telephone Conversation Between the Secretary of State in New York and the Acting Secretary of State in Washington, October 9, 1956, 5:54 p.m.

Source: Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, General Telephone Conversations. Transcribed by Bernau in New York.


318. Telegram From the Embassy in Israel to the Department of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 684A.85/10–956. Secret; Niact. Received at 12:56 a.m., October 10. Repeated Niact to London, Baghdad, and Amman.


319. Memorandum From the Representative at the United Nations (Lodge) to the Secretary of State

Source: Department of State, Central Files: Lot 62 D 181, CF 796. Secret.


320. Memorandum of a Conversation, New York, October 10, 1956, 11:30 a.m.

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 974.7301/10–1056. Secret. Drafted by Wilkins.


321. Memorandum of a Conversation, New York, October 10, 1956, 12:30 p.m.

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 974.7301/10–1056. Confidential. Drafted by Rountree.


322. Memorandum of a Conversation, New York, October 10, 1956

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 974.7301/10–1156. Secret. Drafted by Rountree. The source text is incorrectly dated October 11; the chronology prepared by the U.S. Delegation indicates that this conversation took place on October 10. (Ibid., Conference Files: Lot 62 D 181, CF 797)


323. Letter From the Acting Secretary of State to the President

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Dulles–Herter Series. Secret. Initialed by Eisenhower. A copy of this letter and the attachment are in Department of State, Central Files, 974.7301/10–1056.


324. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Israel

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 684A.85/10–956. Secret. Drafted by Wilkins and Bergus and approved by Wilkins who signed for Hoover. Repeated to London, Baghdad, Amman, and USUN.


325. Telegram From the Department of State to the Embassy in Egypt

Source: Department of State, Central Files, 280.1122/10–1056. Top Secret; Limited Distribution. Drafted by Ryan (NEA/EX) and Wilkins; cleared with Berry and Murphy (G) and in draft with McQuaid (SCA), Henderson, MacArthur, and ISA in the Defense Department; approved by Murphy who signed for Hoover. Also sent to Amman and Damascus and repeated to Baghdad, Beirut, Tel Aviv, Jidda, Dhahran, Tripoli, Paris, Rome, Kuwait, and Jerusalem.


326. Memorandum of a Conversation Between Secretary-General Hammarskjöld and the Representative at the United Nations (Lodge), Two Park Avenue, New York, October 10, 1956, 10 p.m.

Source: Department of State, Conference Files: Lot 62 D 181, CF 797. Secret. Drafted by Lodge.


327. Memorandum of a Conversation Among the President, the Secretary of State, and the Under Secretary of State (Hoover), White House, Washington, October 11, 1956, 9 a.m.

Source: Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, Meetings with the President. Secret; Personal and Private. Dulles had returned to Washington on October 10 at 7 p.m. (Dulles’ Appointment Book; Princeton University Library, Dulles Papers)


328. Message From President Eisenhower to Prime Minister Eden

Source: Eisenhower Library, Whitman File, Dulles–Herter Series. Top Secret. A” Suggested Draft”, attached to the source text, is presumably the one handed by Dulles to Eisenhower during their conversation that morning (see supra ); it bears a few stylistic changes by Eisenhower. The revised draft, which Eisenhower initialed, corresponds to the text sent to Eden, except for the P.S. which was presumably added by the President shortly before transmission. The message was transmitted for immediate delivery to Eden in telegram 2628 to London, October 11, 7:02 p.m. (Department of State, Central Files, 974.7301/10–1156)