By Michael F. Hopkins
Sir Oliver Franks served as British Ambassador to the USA among 1948 and 1952. This research unearths greatly in regards to the of kinfolk among Britain and the United States, the mechanics of co-operation and the impression of a unique person on diplomacy.
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28 OLIVER FRANKS AND THE TRUMAN ADMINISTRATION There were talks in Washington in November 1945 between Attlee, Truman and the Canadian Prime Minister, Mackenzie King. Although the British left Washington in good spirits, we should note that ‘consultation’ was substituted for the ‘consent’ stipulated in the Quebec Agreement. 7 In a very short time, pressure grew from a nationalist and spy-scared Congress (in February 1946 the Ottawa communist spy ring was revealed) to cause Truman to re-think the pledges.
569. 100. ‘Franks’, Observer 10 August 1947. 26 OLIVER FRANKS AND THE TRUMAN ADMINISTRATION 101. Oliver Franks, The Experience of a University Teacher in the Civil Service, Sydney Ball Lecture, 3 May 1947 (London: Oxford University Press, 1947), pp. 11–12. 102. Danchev, Franks, p. 31. 103. Academicus, ‘New Kind of Ambassador’, p. 12. 104. Sir Nicholas Henderson, ‘The Franks Way—Then and Now’, The Times, 17 January 1983, p. 8. 105. Obituary notice, The Times, 17 October 1992, p. 17. 106. Brandon, Special Relationships, p.
Opinion beyond official Washington was also surveyed. Consular officials, members of BIS and Embassy officials made tours. The Foreign Office preferred to concentrate on highbrow contacts such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Foreign Policy Association and the various financial and industrial bodies. 55 Indeed, the Ambassadors aimed to visit most of the states during their time in the United States. BIS, in addition, helped to compile surveys of the US press. 56 The results of these activities were presented in a Weekly Political Summary and in a Weekly Survey of the US Press and Radio that the Embassy sent to the Foreign Office.