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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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vinced that a full and frank explanation of our position is the most
useful step we can take in the immediate future. In that friendly
spirit, we can make progress, and that is why I have ventured to
send you on taking office this personal message of good will.
  Yours sincerely,                              OLIVER STANLEY
              Memorandum by the Secretary of State
                                   [WASHINGTON] June 24, 1937.
  The British Ambassador came in and handed me two notes: one
from Mr. Anthony Eden, of the Foreign Office,59 and the other from
the new President of the Board of Trade.,* The Notes are self-explan-
atory and copies are attached hereto. I thanked the Ambassador and
requested him to thank these gentlemen.
  The Ambassador prefers not to be over-confident about a trade
agreement between our two countries, but does feel that-the
movement is steadily gaining strength and going forward.
The Ambassador said that he understood Mr. Chamberlain had made
what was really a moving speech in the Imperial Convocation in sup-
port of a trade agreement with the United States. I suggested that
there were two dangers ahead: one was that the whole matter might
be delayed, from one cause or another, until the present fine sentiment
in -this country and many other countries-with considerable senti-
ment taking root in Europe-might stagnate and sag down; the other
question was whether the British would announce their destination
as Chicago, instead of San Francisco where they really expect ulti-
mately to go. I said I meant by that that they might be tempted to
stop short of the favored-nation policy-too short in fact-as a first
step, while concealing their main and final objective of the uncondi-
tional favored-nation policy.
                                               C[owDELL] H[uuL]
61 1.4131/838
  The Secretary of State to the Pre8ident of the Briti8h Board
                      of Trade (Stanley) e
                                      WASHINGTON, June 30, 1937.
  My DEAR MR. STANLEY: The cordiality of your note and the identity
of objective which it denotes, give hope that we are beginning a rela-
  ""Not printed.
  ° Supra.
  O T-ransmitted as an enclosure to a note of June 30, to the British Secretary
of State for Foreign Affairs.

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