136. You are instructed to seek an interview at the earliest possible moment with Mussolini and to hand him a copy of the following message which I am sending him at the direction of the President:
"I am asked by the President to communicate to you, in all friendliness and
in confidence, a personal message expressing his earnest hope that the controversy
between Italy and Ethiopia will be resolved without resort to armed conflict.
In this country it is felt both by the Government and by the people that failure
to arrive at a peaceful settlement of the present dispute and a subsequent outbreak
of hostilities would be a world calamity the consequences of which would adversely
affect the interests of all nations."
Source: U.S., Department of State, Publication 1983, Peace and War: United States Foreign Policy, 1931-1941 (Washington, D.C.: U.S., Government Printing Office, 1943, pp. 265.
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