Lord Lothian, U.K. Ambassador to the United States, to U.K. Foreign Office and to Department of External Affairs

Cablegram 882/87 WASHINGTON, 8 December 1939, 11.39 a.m. [1]


My telegram No. 825. [2] In reply to formal note Secretary of State has today advised me [3] that appointment of Minister to take charge all affairs relating to Australia is entirely acceptable to the United States Government and that President [4] will accord formal recognition at convenience of His Majesty [5] and His Majesty’s Government in the Commonwealth of Australia.



1 Another copy of this cablegram gives the date and time of dispatch as 7 December 1939, 10.45 p.m. (on file FA: AA1975/5, 1939, Australia-Representation (Dipl.) in Washington).

2 Not printed.

3 The note was in fact sent by the Acting Secretary of State, Sumner Welles, on 6 December 1939 (see PRO: FO 372/3319).

4 Franklin D. Roosevelt.

5 King George VI.


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