No. 109 NAI DFA ES Box 37

Extract from a letter from Michael MacWhite to Desmond FitzGerald (Dublin)
(N.S. 94/23)

GENEVA, 14 August 1923

A Chara,

[Matter omitted]

It is also of utmost importance that our Delegates should have Irish Diplomatic passports as the effect that would be produced did they travel on English ones would be deplorable. As a last resort type-written passports would suffice, as there is no law to the effect that they should be printed.

There are several other matters in connection with the League Assembly the details of which would require to be arranged in advance. For example, if our Delegation intends to do any entertaining the dates should be fixed during the first few days so that they would not clash with other engagements. As I have already informed you, the Members of the League form several groups and our attitude to all those should be defined.

In case the President comes, he should have his speech prepared beforehand. It would produce an excellent effect if this were delivered in Irish. French and English translations should be ready for distribution to the Delegates and the press at the same time. It would not do to speak partly in English and partly in Irish as it would make a bad impression on the Assembly.

As the President's stay in Geneva must necessarily be very short, he should be in a position to meet with as many European Statesmen as is possible in the time but to go into every detail by correspondence is not only unsatisfactory but impossible. This can only be done by a general discussion. Under the circumstances I could, if you think it necessary, go to Dublin towards the end of the month and talk over the whole situation.

Is mise, le meas,
[signed] M. MACWHITE

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