292. Editorial Note

Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs William P. Bundy met privately with Prime Minister Wilson in London January 20, 1968, prior to Wilson’s visit to the Soviet Union January 22-24. The purpose of Bundy’s visit was to assure coordination between the two nations over Vietnam policy. A portion of a briefing paper prepared for the President summarizing these talks reads: “Following instructions cleared by Secretary Rusk and Walt Rostow, Bundy stressed to Wilson that he must make it absolutely clear that he was not authorized by the US to do any exploring on the San Antonio formula.” (Note for President’s Evening Reading, January 22, 1968; Johnson [Page 615] Library, National Security File, Memos to President, W.W. Rostow, Vol. 57) A summary of the Bundy-Wilson meeting is in the January 20 entry of the Bruce Diaries. (Department of State, Bruce Diaries: Lot 64 D 327) During his discussions with Kosygin, Wilson maintained a telegraphic communication with the White House. Copies of the messages exchanged by the President and Prime Minister are in the Johnson Library, National Security File, Head of State Correspondence, United Kingdom. Wilson described the negotiations in The Labour Government, 1964-1970, pages 489-493.