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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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ticular cases, with the consent of the Dominions concerned. In this
connection the United Kingdom Government have informed -the Ca-
nadian Government very confidentially that negotiations may take
place between themselves and the United States Government and that
in that event they may have occasion to approach Canada with a
view to modification of certain margins of preference fixed on certain
imports into the United Kingdom.
  WASHINGTON, January 27, 1937.
    Memorandum by the Assistant Secretary of State (Sayre)
                                [WASHINGTON,] February 1, 1937.
  After dinner at the Canadian Legation on Friday night, January
twenty-ninth, I had a short, very personal conversation with Sir Her-
bert Marler 23 about the possibility of our negotiating a trade agree-
ment with Great Britain. We spoke in a most friendly and personal
way and Sir Herbert Marler told me that if there was anything at
all which he could do to be of service he would like to do so.
  This morning he called me on the telephone in reference to our
conversation of Friday night. He said that he was most anxious to
help us in any way possible. He did not ask formally to come in to
have a conversation with me because that might cause embarrassment
to me if questions arose concerning the British negotiations. He
wanted me to know, however, that he was in entire sympathy with
our program for the trade liberalization of the world and that he
would stand ready to be of assistance to us in any way possible should
the occasion arise. I replied that I warmly appreciated what he had
said and that I would be glad to avail myself of his kindness if the
occasion should arise.
  In the course of our talk, I also intimated that I felt it might be
helpful if either the Canadian or the British Government should
reveal to us the text of the new Anglo-Canadian trade agreement
before its terms were definitively settled and it was signed; for I
said that I feared the agreement might present a stone wall which
would prevent further progress on our trade agreements program.
                                           F [RANCIS] B. S [AyMe]
  'J C:anadian Minister in the United States.

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