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Herr Hitler's intentions which were not included in the
Memorandum, and also gives certain additional assurances.
There is, for example, a definite statement that troops are not
to move beyond die red line, that they are only to preserve
order, that the plebiscite will be carried out by a free vote
under no outside influence, and that Herr Hitler will abide
by the result, and, finally, that he will join the international
guarantee of the remainder of Czechoslovakia once the
minorities questions are settled. Those are all reassuring
statements as far as they go, and I have no hesitation in saying,
after the personal contact I had established with Herr Hitler,
that I believe he means what he says when he states that. But
the reflection which was uppermost in my mind when I read
his letter to me was that once more the differences and the
obscurities had been narrowed down still further to a point
where really it was inconceivable that they could not be
settled by negotiations. So strongly did I feel this, that I felt
impelled to send one more last letter—the last last—
to the Chancellor. I sent him the following personal
"f After reading your letter I feel certain that you can get
all essentials without war and without delay. I am ready to
come to Berlin myself at once to discuss arrangements for
transfer with you and representatives of the Czech Govern-
ment, together with representatives of France and Italy if you
desire. I feel convinced that we could reach agreement in a
week. However much you distrust the Prague Government's
intentions, you cannot doubt the power of the British and
French Governments to see that the promises are carried
out fairly and fully and forthwith. As you know, I have
stated publicly that we are prepared to undertake that they
shall be so carried out. I cannot believe that you will take
the responsibility of starting a world war which may end
civilisation, for the sake of a few days' delay in settling this
long-standing problem.*
" At the same time I sent the following personal message
to Signor Mussolini:
" * I have to-day addressed last appeal to Herr Hitler to
abstain from force to settle Sudeten problem, which, I feel