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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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Washington himself. The British allege that the Canadian Prime
Minister gave them the impression that he felt he could secure con-
cessions from the United States which would permit him to yield
on the particular items of the Ottawa Agreements that from a Cana-
dian angle were necessary to an Anglo-American trade agreement.
  (3) The Australian delegates allegedly took the line that the United
States was successfully bluffing England and that it was not possible
in a preelection period for Australia to forego any preferences for the
sake of an unsecured future betterment. However, the British au-
thorities here as well as some of the Australians were apparently
concerned that Mr. Lyons in the forthcoming election campaign
even if pressed should make no campaign statements which would
tie his hands for the future.
  My informant in conclusion stated that in the next fortnight there
would be prepared for despatching to Lindsay a full statement of the
situation existing at the end of the Imperial Conference in the matter
of the trade agreement.
  I transmit the above as of interest although it is patently the
British Board of Trade's explanation.
  The President of the British Board of Trade (Staney) to the
                       Secretary of State68
                                           LONDON, 15 June, 1937.
  DEAR SECRETARY OF STATE: My first task as President of the Board
of Trade has been to study the preliminary exchanges between our
Governments on trade matters; and that study has prompted me to
write to you in this informal manner, which I hope you will forgive.
  I have, of cowrse, been familiar with your policy, and have known
something of the practical effect you have been able to give to it. My
reason for writing is to assure you of my personal sympathy with the
objects you have proclaimed to the world as the proper aims of
statesmanship, and to say that although I have not had the privilege,
enjoyed by my predecessor, of personal discussion with you, I hope
you will feel able to count on me as a collaborator.
  You, I know, have had many difficulties. We too have difficulties to
overcome. If progress seems slow, if delays are irritating-as they
must be-I would only ask you to remember that these things are
inevitable in all democratic countries.
  I hope shortly to be able to let you know how much progress we
have been able to make with the Dominions. For my part, I am con-
   "Transmitted to the Secretary of State by the British Secretary of
State for
Foreign Affairs under covering letter of the same date.

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