No. 299 NAI DFA 417/105

Michael MacWhite to Joseph P. Walshe (Dublin)
(N.S. 01/226)

GENEVA, 23 December 1924

A Chara,

On receipt of your reply to the British note,1 which arrived late yesterday afternoon, I had it presented to the Secretary General of the League, who felt somewhat relieved on finding that it was in accordance with his anticipations.

As I mentioned in my telegram to you last night,2 your note will be circulated to the Members of the League to-day and distributed to the press tomorrow if they find it impossible to do so to-day.

In discussing the British note with the Secretary General he said: 'Between ourselves it was a most extraordinary step for the Foreign Office to take, as they have no ground to stand on.' This remark of his must, of course, be regarded as confidential. He also told me, though I do not know that he had any special reason for saying so, that he expected a protest from Canada against the British interpretation of Art. 18.

Is mise, le meas,
[signed] M. MAC WHITE

1 See above No. 297.

2 Not printed.

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