Mr. Choate to Mr. Hay.
London, November 10, 1900.
Sir: I have the honor to report that I was recently waited upon by the agent-general for New South Wales in London, and the agent-general for one of the other Australian colonies, in reference to the alleged operation of the United States navigation laws upon Hawaiian international commerce, and especially as affecting trade between Australasian and American ports in vessels not wholly owned by Americans and registered in the United States of America. Their desire was to obtain some relaxation of the strictness of those laws as affecting such trade.
To my suggestion that the more usual course would be to present the matter to you through the British embassy at Washington, they said that they were aware of that, but had obtained permission from the foreign office to approach me on the subject.
As the matter appeared to be of some importance, and apparently no such relief as they sought could be obtained except through legislation, I told them that if they would present the matter in writing I would transmit it immediately to you, and had no doubt that it would receive due consideration.
Accordingly, the agent-general of New South Wales has now addressed to me a letter on the subject, which I inclose, and shall await your instructions as to any answer to be made thereto.
I have, etc.,