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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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ment with the United States and that he intended to give his constant
support to that end.
  However, from an unofficial source, which I believe is reliable, I
understand that it is planned that Casey 5 (see my 357, June 8,
1 p. m.56) will explain in Washington the political difficulties facing
the Lyons 57 government because of the forthcoming Australian elec-
tion and will point out that the present British Government fully
understands and is in sympathy with Lyons' position because they
also are in reality opposed to a Lang victory and in this connection
it will be emphasized that Lang stands for extreme economic
  Thus, there may well be an interim period in which the British
and Dominions will attempt to clarify how far the United States
is willing to weaken her present stand either in substance or by
temporary agreement.
p11.4181/813: Telegram
The Amba.sador in the United Kingdom (Bingham) to the Secretary
                             of State
                                    LONDON, June 15, 1937-9 p. m.
                                       [Received June 15-5 p. m.]
  384. My 187, April 2, 2 p. m., and subsequent. In conversation
with a high official of the Board of Trade this afternoon, he stated
that at the last meeting today of the heads of delegations of Imperial
Conference Mr. Chamberlain made a very strong and moving im-
promptu appeal that the Dominions should lend their cooperation
for the conclusion of an Anglo-American trade agreement which
would mean so much not only as a preliminary to a lowering of world
trade restrictions but also towards the establishment of economic
international peace.
  Summing up the attitude of the Dominions my informants stated:
  (1) South Africa, conscious of the advantage of this approach to
the United States and undoubtedly influenced by the role that must
be- played by the United States in future gold discussions, had ex-
pressed her entire willingness to withdraw her demands for increased
preferences and agreed to make such adjustments as would facilitate
the conclusion of Anglo-American negotiations.
  (2) Mackenzie King had stated that he had dealings direct with
the United States and knew best how to handle the question with
R. G. Casey, Minister of the Treasury of Australia. For correspondence
regarding his visit in Washington, see pp. 136 if.
   Not printed.
 £ A Lvous Prbue Minister of Australia.

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