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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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indispensable to successful negotiations. We are now refining the list
of commodities on which we feel we must have such reduction and
hope to be in a position to transmit the list to Chalkley very soon. We
are making every endeavor to keep both the list and the amount of
reduction down to an absolute minimum.
  In your conversations with Runciman, you may reiterate, as oc-
casion arises, any of the points brought out in this summary, as your
own understanding of our point of view.
  You are authorized to show this telegram in confidence to the Com-
mercial Attache as well as other memoranda, et cetera, which have
been sent to you.
  Report fully what Runciman says to you and any other develop-
  I rather gathered that Runciman was under the impression that
the President had expressed a wish to have him come over to see him.
I find that the arrangements for the visit were made by a third per-
son who spoke to the President of the value of seeing Runciman if
he came over. To this the President readily agreed, but I think it
is well for you to know that the President did not take the initiative
with regard to the visit.
              Memorandumw by the Secretary of State
                                [WASHINGroN,] February 18, 1937.
  The Canadian Minister came in upon my invitation. I set out for
his benefit substantially what I have said to Mr. Runciman and other
British officials, and also to the Canadian Government through our
Minister to Canada, Mr. Armour. I repeatedly made it very definite
that I was telling him nothing which the Canadian Government did
not already know and the British Government also; that, therefore,
in no circumstances was I sending a word or a line in a message to the
Canadian Government; that, knowing his deep interest in the pro-
gram for economic restoration and the entire harmony of views on
his part and mine, I felt that it would give me a sense of relief to send
for him and talk generally about the subject, so that he would in any
event know all that I knew with respect to this movement for economic
liberalism, for whatever it might be worth to him as one of its out-
standing supporters.
  In the course of the conversation, the Minister inquired what I
would suggest as to the course of the British Empire in regard to
Empire preference. I repeated to him that I had often said that

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