James Bryce to James Grover McDonald, March 4, 1921

3, Buckingham Gate, S.W.
4th, March, 1921


Dear Mr. McDonald:

Thank you for your interesting letter of Feb. 21. We have been glad to see that your hope that Mr. Hughes will be Secretary of State has been justified, and that Mr. Hoover also is in the Cabinet. We hear, however, that some of the other members are far from satisfactory; I should like to have your opinion on them. It is important that a really good man should be sent here as Ambassador. No one could have been better than Mr. Davis, who is now leaving us. I shall be very glad to hear from you whether the Oil trouble and the Japanese trouble continue to affect injuriously American sentiment towards England. It is painfully evident that the policy of the British Government in Ireland does injure our position abroad and no one can be surprised at that. We are astonished ourselves that the English people are not more indignant, though the feeling of condemnation is far stronger among the people than it has yet shown itself to be in Parliament. As for the League of Nations, I presume nothing can be said or done at present.

Very truly yours,

(Signed) James Bryce