No. 77 NAI DFA 126/37
Dublin, 26 August 1937
Please excuse my air of impatience if I write you so soon after my last (19th August1) to ask for some quick information on the forthcoming Assembly's agenda. One of my reasons lies in the fact that I am liable at any moment to be put through the third degree on the matter. A few days ago, the President asked me what was going to happen, and, when I told him all that was in your recent minutes, he didn't seem quite satisfied. I fear it sounded too vague and negative. It is not enough to say the Assembly might be postponed and that an Ethiopian delegation might turn up and that the Sino-Japanese dispute, 1937, is not up, etc., etc., - or at least not for the President. He wants something more definite to go on, as he seems in the mood for taking definite decisions. One such (regarding Iran's candidature for the Council) I send you in today's bag. Always between ourselves, I think there is a good chance of his going to Geneva (better now than when I last wrote), and I would like to be well-supplied with the dope. So please endeavour to write us officially in the next few days, telling us everything you have found out lately. Especially mention whether rumours of a postponement are still rife in Geneva: the President is very against any postponement, which shows he is seriously thinking of going. Also, we want to know as exactly as possible what to expect in regard to the Negus. Possibly we may hear something on this from another source, but there's nothing to hand as yet. Other minor matters requiring elucidation are:
Yours, in haste,
[copy letter unsigned]
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