On 26 July 1914, the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Albert Count Mensdorff (pictured), sent a coded telegram to the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Leopold Count Berchtold. In his telegram, Mensdorff informs Berchtold of the British latest reaction to Austro-Hungarian policy towards Serbia.
Count Mensdorff to Count Berchtold. London, 26 July 1914.
Communicated, as instructed, the cessation of diplomatic relations in Serbia to this government. [The British Foreign Secretary] Sir Edward Grey being absent, I spoke to [the Permanent Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs] Sir Arthur Nicolson, who confessed to being much disquieted, but still hopes that some means will be found to prevent hostilities from breaking out.
He has heard as well as nothing from Paris, from Petersburg only that there is much excitement.
In today’s Sunday paper Observer an excellent, unprejudiced leading article.
Source: 1919 Austro-Hungarian Red Book, with minor edits.