Message from A. Cadogan, appointed in 1936 Assistant Under Secretary of State at the Foreign Office, to S. Lester on a preliminary meeting of the Supervisory Commission, end of July 1941 in Montreal, to consider draft budget, C.J. Hambro and S. Jacklin will attend, S. Lester should also attend but because of serious risk inherent in his departure from Geneva, he might have difficulty in returning from the USA or Canada, he was suggested to delegate his authority, Makins and A. Cadogan attached importance in preserving League of Nations headquarters in Geneva.
Draft letter written down under pressure from S. Jacklin from the League of Nations Finances; S. Jacklin's work outside Geneva to collect funds; change in the attitude of the Swiss Government towards the League of Nations; Swiss to stop paying; arguments for maintaining Geneva.
Message of sympathy from Lord Halifax, Foreign Secretary in London, to S. Lester further to the difficulties at the Spanish frontier; Sir C. Kisch emphasized that in London they had confidence in S. Lester and S. Jacklin; René Lucien Daniel Massigli (France), League of Nations man at the Quai d'Orsay, he also carried the Embassy at Ankara, called S. Lester on Vichy and Marshal Pétain; E.J. Phelan (Ireland), ILO official and Pardo left to the USA; S. Lester shocked by Pardo's attitude, interested in money and unhelpful Member of the Supervisory Committee meeting.
Da Silva, the only Portuguese official in the League of Nations Secretariat, wanted to resign to take up a new position in Lisbon; da Silva to S. Lester on S. Jacklin's, League of Nations Treasurer; questions on da Silva's personal political views and S. Jacklin's attack on T. Aghnides; S. Lester explained to da Silva not to take the Treasurer's remarks too seriously, because S. Jacklin was not at his best, suffering from gout, rheumatism and nerves.
British Army victory: Bardia, seaport in Eastern Libya, site of a major Italian fortification, has fallen; Roosevelt "Fireside Talk" and message to Congress: promises to help nations struggling against aggressors; "City" of London burned out; news from S. Jacklin, near Martinique; new alarm about France following the fall of P. Laval.
Response to letter regarding contract negotiations for the position of Treasurer for the League of Nations.