Monday, January 25, 2016

ADSS 1.154 Tardini notes - Osborne told of note to Cortesi

ADSS 1.154 Domenico Tardini, notes

Reference: AES 6831/39

Location and date: Vatican, 30.08.1939

Summary statement: Osborne told of content of message sent to Filippo Cortesi, Poland.

Language: Italian


The most Eminent Cardinal Secretary of State has communicated at 12.15hrs to the British Minister the contents of the coded message, which was being prepared for Warsaw. (1) H.E. the Minister appeared not only very grateful for this information but also very happy about the approach itself.  He assured me that he would immediately inform his Government. (2)

(1) ADSS 1.153.  This approach followed Tardini’s advice.  See ADSS 1.52.
(2) See DBFP, Series 3, Volume 7, n 526, pp 403-04.  “ … His Eminence did not reveal the source of this information but I have no doubt that it came from the Italian Government.  He asked me whether I thought this action by the Vatican mught be useful. I replied emphatically in the affirmative but added that I could not help being a little doubtful of the correctness of the information”.

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