200 Bevin to Evatt

Cablegram 217 LONDON, 17 August 1945, 9.08 p.m.

MOST SECRET PERSONAL

I have now gone into the circumstances in which the Potsdam Proclamation was issued. The particulars are given in the Dominions Office Telegram 277. [1]

I can only repeat our regret that the document was issued without previous communication with the Dominions Governments, but, as you will note, the circumstances were exceptional. The strictures in the last sentence of your telegram of the 28th July [2], seem to me quite unmerited. In the past seven months alone we have sent you nearly 1400 telegrams dealing with the Foreign Affairs.

1 Document 162.

2 Document 146.

[AA : A3195, 1945, FOLDER, INWARDS MOST SECRET MASTER SHEETS,1.26689]