No. 157  TNA DO 130/17

Telegram from Sir John Maffey to Lord Cranborne (London)
(No. 266) (Secret) (Important)

DUBLIN, 10 December 1941

Your telegram No. 121.1

1. I have just left Mr. de Valera who gave me the following personal and private message for the Prime Minister. Begins.

Thanks for your message. Perhaps a visit from Lord Cranborne would be the best way towards a fuller understanding of our position here. Details of the visit could be arranged through our High Commissioner or your Representative here. Ends.

Mr. de Valera said that it would be best to give as little publicity to any such visit as possible.

2. I took the opportunity of referring to the Prime Minister 's message and was able to make it clear that it did not suggest any deal over partition. There is now no question of misunderstanding.

1 Not printed. See No. 154.

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