860d.01/48: Telegram

The Ambassador in Great Britain ( Davis ) to the Secretary of State

3504. Your 6247, December 6, 4 [3] p.m., regarding recognition of Finland. Announcement made in House of Commons referred to in my 2000, May 7, 5 p.m.,10 was as follows:

“His Majesty’s Government have now recognized the independence of Finland and the de facto Finnish Government.”

Foreign Office informs me that this was a loose statement but intended to convey de jure recognition of the hitherto de facto Government; [Page 224] that a telegram of recognition was despatched by the British Peace Delegation at Paris on May 4th or 5th; and that since that time British Chargé d’Affaires have [has?] functioned in Finland until the arrival there a fortnight ago of Lord Acton, the British Minister.

Ossian Donner presented his credentials as Finnish Minister here on November 14.

Davis
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