Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Herr von Merey to Count Berchtold, 26 July 1914

The July Crisis: 100 Years On, 1914-2014

On 26 July 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to Italy, Kajetan von Merey (pictured), sent a coded confidential telegram to the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leopold Count Berchtold. In his telegram, von Merey informs Berchtold of the Italian government’s reaction to the Austro-Hungarian ultimatum to Serbia.

Kajetan von Merey Kajetan von Merey

Herr von Merey to Count Berchtold. Rome, 26 July 1914.


The secretary of the [Italian] Minister of Foreign Affairs paid me a visit in the sick-room today, to enquire after my health in the name of the minister.

An unofficial discussion on our conflict with Servia followed. My visitor, who no doubt did but reflect the opinion of his boss, harped on the tone of our note, which would have been unacceptable to every State; on the fact that the note was not sooner communicated to the Powers, so that they had no obligations, and that it was subsequently communicated to…

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