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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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sible and he specifically referred to the desirability of concluding
any agreement before April 1. He also showed that he had in mind
as well that the trade recession in the United States, whatever its de-
gree, cautioned speed.
  (6) Brown then referred to specific commodities:
  (a) Apples. He repeated his former statement that the British
were "ready" to go as far on apples as the Canadians would. He
apparently felt that this was one of the items of which the United
States would make further demands.
  (b) Tobacco. Brown was categoric in saying there was nothing
doing on reduction in preference but that they would be willing to
bind the preferential margin as well as the tariff.
  (c) Douglas fir. He began by saying that his conscience was
awakened vis-a-vis the Scandinavian countries, and later emphasized
the Canadian aspect. Although he was obviously aware of the ex-
traordinary importance of this item to us he remained noncommittal.
He did, however, tie this up with Stirling's impressions referred to at
the end of paragraph 2.
Memorandum of Conversation, by the Assistant Secretary of State
                               [WASHINGTON,] November 16, 1937.
Participants: Sir Ronald Lindsay, the British Ambassador,
              Secretary Hull, and Mr. Sayre.
  The British Ambassador came to call at the request of the Secretary
at 10: 30 this morning. At the opening of the conversation, the Sec-
retary handed to the Ambassador a memorandum for the British
Government, a copy of which is attached hereto." The Secretary said
that we had given months of earnest work to make possible the con-
clusion of a British trade agreement and he also recognized and
appreciated the similar earnest and sincere activities of the Ambas-
sador in the same direction. The Ambassador then read the memo-
randum stating that the United States Government is prepared, on
the assumption expressed in the memorandum, to make immediate
announcement of contemplated negotiations. The Ambassador, upon
reading this memorandum, was visibly moved-immense relief and
satisfaction was written all over his face. After felicitations on both
sides, it was explained to the Ambassador, as stated in the memo-
randum, that the proposals contained in the United Kingdom's memo-
randum of November fifth with respect to concessions on the so-called
" Infra.

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