Sir Julian Pauncefote to Mr. Sherman.

Sir: On behalf of my Government and at the request of my colleagues, the representatives of Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, and Russia, I have the honor to transmit the inclosed communication relative to certain measures taken by the naval forces of the great powers, signatories of the treaty of Berlin, in the waters of the Island of Crete.

I desire to explain that this communication has not been delivered on the date which it bears owing to an accidental delay in the receipt of their instructions by some of my colleagues.

I avail myself, etc.,

Julian Pauncefote.

The undersigned, under instructions from their respective Governments, have the honor to notify the Government of the United States that the admirals in command of the forces of Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, and Russia in Cretan waters have decided to put the Island of Crete in a state of blockade, commencing the 21st instant at 8 a.m.

The blockade will be general for all ships under the Greek flag. Ships of the six powers or neutral powers may enter into the ports occupied by the powers and land their merchandise, but only if it is not for the Greek troops or the interior of the island. The ships may be visited by the ships of the international fleets.

The limits of the blockade are comprised between 23° 24′ and 26° 30′ longitude east of Greenwich, and 35° 48′ and 34° 45′ north latitude.

  • Julian Pauncefote, H. B. M. Ambassador.
  • Patenôtre, Ambassadeur de la Republique Française.
  • Fava, Ambaseiatore d’Italia.
  • Thielmann, Etc., Etc., Etc.
  • Yon Hengelmuller, Etc., Etc., Etc.
  • Kotzebue, Etc., Etc., Etc.