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Persia,   pp. 698-719 PDF (7.5 MB)

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between Curzon and myself regarding Anglo-Persian agreement spe-
cifically including conversation with Colonel House has been fur-
nished in the United States to the Associated Press for publication
tomorrow. Foreign Office therefore hopes that such publication
of correspondence without its consent will not be permitted at least
until further exchange of views can take place.
741.91/20: Telegram
The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain (Davis)
WASHINGTON, December 19,1919, 4 p.m.
6290. Referring to Embassy's 3558 of December 18, the Depart-
ment has not given to the Associated Press any statement regard-
ing the Anglo-Persian Agreement, nor does it at present intend to
do so. A fairly accurate summary of correspondence between you
and Lord Curzon was published in New York in the Times and the
World and other papers. This publicity is disturbing to the De-
partment, although these articles have received only slight attention
from the press. The Department is endeavoring, but so far without
success, to discover the source from which the papers obtained their
information. You will be informed of further developments.
Memorandum of the Third Assistant Secretary of State (Long)
[WASHINGTON,] December 22, 1919.
The Persian Minister called this morning, on the eve of his de-
parture for Switzerland to join and have a conference with the Shah.
He spoke of the Anglo-Persian Treaty, asked what negotiations had
occurred between the United States and England, and referred to
the recent account which appeared in the New York W4orld of
England's reply to us. He said that in that account Lord Curzon
had been quoted as saying that the United States Government had
been advised of the matter through Colonel House. I reminded him
that in the same account the statement had been made that if any
information had been given to a representative of the United States
as to England's intentions in regard to the Treaty, the advice was
of such a casual and informal character that it made no impression
on anyone and was not taken as being a communication.
He asked if there were any modifications which England had
agreed to with the United States, and showed me another clipping
from the World stating that there had been. I told him no, there

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