248 Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London, to Mr J. A. Lyons, Prime Minister
Cablegram 137 LONDON, 4 September 1938
Czechoslovakia. Your telegram of 1st September  most useful and helpful as it strengthens appreciably necessity of strongest pressure on Dr Benes  and Czech Government for maximum concessions to bring about settlement.
As position now is that by implication in messages to Hitler (see Dominions Office telegram No. 207 ) Runciman  has indicated that he does not consider Czech proposals go far enough and that if in the course of negotiations Czechs do not go further to meet Sudeten Germans' point of view, he, Runciman, would be prepared to put forward proposals for a settlement. It is difficult to see how Herr Hitler without putting Germany hopelessly in the wrong can have advised Henlein  other than to continue negotiations. This is interpretation generally being put on communique issued after Berchtesgaden meeting although no official confirmation is yet available. In these circumstances it is reasonable to hope Hitler's speech at Nuremberg will not precipitate the crisis. If it does not and negotiations continue, prospects of peaceful settlement are greatly strengthened as every day gained owing to approach of winter lessens danger of outbreak of hostilities.