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Berlin, Febrauary 24, 1935.
Dear Judge Moore:
When you see the President, I wish you
would say to him that at the request of the appropria-
tions Committee of the House and the Foreign Affairs
Committee of the Senate I went over important questions
affecting us. He asksd me to report to him, especially
what the Foreign Affairs Committe's reactions were. You
know I saw the Committee two days after the last inter-
view with the President. Borah seemed to make a point
of being absent, but other members of tho Committee
including Johnson, were present and remained some time
after lunch on February 8. Members of the Committee
told me that two Senators who had voted against the
World Court were surprised at the outcome and that 
they said that they would have changed their votes 
had they realized what was going to happen and especially
what it meant. Senator Johnson started the discussion 
about historical precedents, and I gave him facts about 
certain minority attitudes in the past and indicated 
how unfortunate they had been. That led to discussions 
of Washincton's violation of the Constitution (much 
against his desire) and also of Lincoln's notable 
violation and his propaganda work in England. This 
seemed to surprise Johnson, and when every member of 
the Committee present heard me say that the vote on the 
World Court was very unfortunate, that it would ser-
iously affect commercial relations and make it it impossible
for us to raise the question against violation of our 
treaties before a court which might not give us compen-
sations but which would give us great moral advantages, 
Johnson kept silent during the rest of the discussion.
Other members, even those who apparently had voted
contrarily, seemed a little surprised at my statement
that our Government's prestige in Europe would have been
The Honorable
A. Walton Moore
Assistant Secretary of State,
Washington, D.C.
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