Ambassador Reid to the Secretary of State.
London , August 30, 1906 .
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge your dispatch No. 250 of August 7, 1906, stating the case of the American fishing schooner Edna Wallace Hopper, inclosing the correspondence and instructing me to lay the matter before the foreign office in a friendly spirit.
I took the first opportunity of a short visit made to the foreign office by Sir Edward Grey during his vacation, to see him concerning the case. I stated it briefly, and left with him as concise a memorandum as I could make of the essential points, a copy of which is herewith inclosed. I said to Sir Edward, in concluding my statement, that I was so sure of the courteous and just disposition animating his department that I counted in advance on his agreeing entirely with our request, and doing whatever was necessary with the Newfoundland authorities. He replied, smiling, that on my statement he certainly agreed with me, but that of course he would be compelled to consult the colonial department.[Page 697]
Unless they develop something affecting the case not known at present to us, I feel hopeful that what we ask will be cheerfully conceded.
I took the opportunity of this conversation to urge again upon Sir Edward the importance of the earliest agreement upon a modus vivendi for the Newfoundland fisheries for this season, as well as strenuous efforts to reach some adjustment of the whole controversy at the earliest possible moment. He agreed in the desirability of this, but said that the latest correspondence disclosed such wide discrepancies of views that naturally they had to look into the matter very carefully. Meantime, they were engaged on the modus vivendi, and hoped soon to submit proposals.
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