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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1947. The British Commonwealth; Europe
(1947)

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THE MARSHALL PLAN
  "There is little I can do here to put this right. The impression can
only be corrected from Washington. I therefore hope very much that
you may find it possible, by some reassuring statement, to restore the
confidence, which has now been shaken, in the work and outcome of
the conference and the United States attitude towards it.
  "Secondly, I earnestly hope that the United States Government,
having made its views known, will not [now] allow the Conference to
work upon them and complete its report in an atmosphere of calm and
without any feeling of external pressure."
  I understand what he means is that the accounts in the press have
produced the impression of the situation which he describes and that
this public impression can be best rectified by a statement from you in
Washington.
  Moreover, I do not understand that the last paragraph of this mes-
sage is intended to imply that during the remaining ten days of this
phase of the conference "friendly assistance" should be withdrawn.
                                                         DOUGLAS
840.50 Recovery/9-1247: Telegram
The Amnibassador in the United Kingdomr (Douglas) to the Secretary
                            of State
SECRET                        LONDON, September 12,1947-8 p. m.
URGENT     NIACT
  4951. For the Secretary. 1. Spent Wednesday afternoon and Thurs-
day in Paris with Clayton and Caffery (Deptel 3950, September 11).
Two meetings with the Executive Committee of the CEEC were held;
the first on Wednesday afternoon, the second on Thursday afternoon.
Also two meetings with Sir Oliver Franks and Sir Edmund Hall-
Patch, the first prior to the Executive Committee meeting on Wednes-
day and the second prior to the Executive Committee meeting on
Thursday.
  2. You should have by now received full cables from Paris reciting
the results of these meetings. Nevertheless, the following is a brief
resume of the results of the final meeting with the Executive Com-
mittee:
  a. Six fundamental considerations inadequately dealt with, or
omitted entirely, in the tentative draft report, which we received in
Paris, were discussed and emphasized. (These six basic points you
should have received from Paris by the time they arrive).'
  b. Since there was not sufficient time to recast the report along the
lines indicated, the members of the Executive Committee agreed, sub-
ject to the approval of their governments that the meeting of the
1 See telegram 3709, September 12, from Paris, p. 425.
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