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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

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tached a copy of a memorandum which I handed the Ambassador on
that occasion, when we discussed the commercial policies of the United
States and of the British Empire.
  It will be seen that the immediate occasion for the talk which I
had with the Ambassador was the reported imminent conclusion of
a trade agreement with Canada which binds for a number of years a
number of products which the United States had hoped to discuss with
the United Kingdom.
  Since it had been made abundantly clear to the British Govern-
ment that concessions of value to the British could only be obtained
from us at the expense of less exclusiveness within the British Empire,
I have felt that present action indicates that that suggestion was
entirely unheeded. Moreover, the British and Dominion Govern-
ments in general do not seem to be steering in the direction of liberal-
ized trading so necessary to peace and prosperity in the world, a ten-
dency disappointingly contrary to their broad public expressions and
private promises of support in the larger program.
  Very truly yours,                              CORDEIL HULL
    The Mini8ter in Canada (Armour) to the Secretary of State
No. 1119                               OTrAWA, January 21, 1937.
                                          [Received January 25.]
  SnI: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of the Depart-
ment's instruction No. 641 of January 19, 1937, enclosing a copy of
a memorandum of a conversation you had with the British Ambas-
sador on January 17, 1937, together with a copy of a memorandum
handed to the Ambassador, on which occasion the commercial policies
of the United States and the British Empire were discussed.
  I particularly appreciate having these memoranda for background
purposes in any future talks I may have here, either with the Prime
Minister 8 or with the Under-Secretary of State for External Affairs,
Dr. Skelton.
  Yesterday afternoon I had occasion to see Sir Francis Floud, the
British High Commissioner, when the latter informed me that lhe had
received from the British Ambassador at Washington a copy of a
memorandum of his conversation with you, apparently that which
took place on the evening of January 17th last. Sir Francis Floud
added that he was sorry to see that the negotiation of the British Trade
Agreement with Canada had caused you such concern and that he
  ' William Lyon Mackenzie King.

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