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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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   Memorandum by the Assistant Chief of the Division of Trade
                      Agreemens (Deimel)
                                     [WASHINGTON,] July 16, 1937w
Conversation: Mr. Chalkley
               Mr. Heywood of the British Embassy
               Mr. Stirling
               Mr. Dunn
               Mr. Moffat73
               Mr. Minter
               Mr. Southworth
               Mr. Deimel
  Messrs. Chalkley, Stirling, and Heywood called at 3 p. m. Thurs-
day afternoon, July 15, by appointment. In arranging the appoint-
ment Mr. Chalkley had indicated that they wished to discuss proce-
dure for supplying us with the information brought from London
by Mr. Stirling. Actually, however, they brought in, and Mr. Stir-
ling read to us, a compilation of specific statements, which they said,
while of course official, should be regarded as emanating from the
British Embassy rather than from the Government at London.
There is attached the copy of these statements which they left with
US.74 Mr. Chalkley and Mr. Stirling said that our record of our recent
conversations with the Australians and New Zealanders was to be
considered as supplementing these statements.
  They also raised in discussion the following points:
  (1) That Canada had indicated an interest in participating in
discussions with us on the subject, and that they (Chalkley and associ-
ates) would be glad to have our reaction to the suggestion unless we
preferred to communicate it direct to the Canadians;
  (2-) That they would like our consideration of the possibility of
broadening our principal supplier rule so that there might be in-
cluded in the desiderata which the United Kingdom would submit
in the course of trade agreement negotiations, requests for conces-
sions on commodities which would be of principal interest to some of
the Dominions: for instance, the Canadians had indicated that they
were interested in codfish and also in our duties on patent leather,
honey, and apples;
  (3) That they would like to have our "supplementary desiderata"
before an announcement was made that negotiation of a trade agree-
ment with the United Kingdom was contemplated; in discussion,
however, they did not appear to hold to this point very strongly;
" Jay Pierrepont Moffat, Foreign Service Officer, appointed Chief of
the Di-
vision of European Affairs on July 17, 1937, when Mr. Dunn became Adviser
Political Relations.

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