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The Charge in Great Br'tain (Wright) to the Secretary of State
No. 3582                       LONDON, October 13, 1920.
[Received October 27.]
SIR: I have thie honor to report that the draft agreement between
the British Government and the Russian Soviet Government, the text
of which was transmitted to the Department under cover of my
despatch No. 3458, of the 23rd ultimo,18 has not yet been given official
consideration by the Cabinet, nor formed the subject of formal dis-
cussion between the Permanent Committee of the Supreme Economic
Council and the Russian Trade Delegation.
The Department will recall that in the Supreme Economic Coun-
cil Minutes, transmitted in my despatch of above date, it was stated
that Mr. E. F. Wise, the Chairman of the Permanent Committee,
expected to acquaint M. Krassin informally with the contents of the
Trade Agreement on or about September 22, 1920. Mr. Wise is
reported to have stated that subsequent to this date he hoped to be
able to collect the observations upon the Agreement of the various
Governments concerned and then to transmit the draft formally to
M. Krassin. I am informed that owing to developments in the
domestic situation of this country the Government has not yet con-
sidered the proposed Trade Agreement at an ordinary Cabinet meet-
ing and that pending such consideration Mr. Wise has been instructed
by the Prime Minister to suspend official negotiations with the Rus-
sian Trade Delegation. In consequence the draft agreement remains,
for the present, in abeyance and no further action will be taken by
the British Government in this regard until definite guarantees are
given by the Soviet Government that all British prisoners in Russia
will be released forthwith, and that a cessation will be brought about
in Bolshevik propaganda specifically directed against British
I have [etc.]                           J. BUTLER WRIGHT
861.51 /831
The Third Assistant Secretary of State (Merle-Smith) to the
Assistant Secretary of the Treasury (Gilbert)
WASHINGTON, November 8, 1920.
MY DEAR MR. GILBERT: I beg to acknowledge the following let-
ters: 18 From Mr. Gilbert to Mr. Merle-Smith, September 30, (five
enclosures) and from the Secretary of the Treasury to the Secretary
18 Not printed.

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