Asquith's letter to King George V on diplomatic situation

Letter from the prime minister to the king on the Cabinet meetings to discuss the 'diplomatic situation', 3 August 1914.

Written on the day before Britain declared war on Germany, this letter charts some of the most important diplomatic developments in the last stages of the period leading up to conflict: the German ultimatum to Belgium on 2 August; the pro-war speech by the foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey in the House of Commons on 3 August; and the resignation (also on 3 August) of four members of the Asquith government - Lord Morley, Sir John Simon, Lord Beauchamp and John Burns - in protest against its support for military action against Germany.
Catalogue reference: CAB 41/35/24 (3 Aug 1914)

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