No. 203 NAI DT S1983

T.M. Healy to J.H. Thomas (London
(No. 79) (Copy)

Dublin, 3 March 1924


My Ministers desire me to inform you that they are convinced of the urgent necessity of appointing an Irish Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary to the United States of America.

2. They have decided that Mr. Timothy A. Smiddy would be a suitable person to assume that position, and they would be glad if His Majesty's Government would cause immediate enquiries to be made as to whether he would be persona grata to the President and to the Department of State at Washington.

3. In the event of a favourable reply, they would be glad to receive letters of credence from His Majesty the King for transmission to Mr. Smiddy.

4. They are confident that you will appreciate the considerations which have prompted them to arrive at this decision. The financial and commercial interests of the Free State in the United States are very considerable, and the pressing problem of Irish emigration to America has for a long time engaged the earnest attention of my Government. They have found, in dealing with these matters, that they are severely handicapped by reason of the fact that their representative at Washington has not been accredited to the Government of the United States. They feel sure, moreover, that nothing could be more effective in promoting amongst Irish people in America cordial relations with the Nations of the Commonwealth than the presence of an Irish Minister Plenipotentiary in the United States.

5. In view of the extreme urgency of finding a solution for the financial and immigration questions directly affecting them, my Ministers request that the British Ambassador at Washington be immediately instructed by telegraph to communicate with the United States Government in reference to Professor Smiddy's appointment.

I have the honour to be,
Your most obedient, humble Servant,
[stampted] T.M. Healy

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