File No. 5727/60B.

The Secretary of State to the British Ambassador.

Excellency: With reference to previous correspondence, I have the honor to say that the administrative provisions set forth in the [Page 495] commercial agreement between Germany and the United States are intended to be applicable in principle to all countries. The provisions which relate to the accrediting of special agents, their cooperation with chambers of commerce, and the acceptance of certificates of chambers of commerce as to value as competent evidence in terms relate specifically to Germany. The Government of the United States does not, however, wish to make them a basis of discrimination against any other country, and is quite ready to make them applicable to Great Britain so far as the conditions in that country permit if the Government of Great Britain so desires.

I have, etc.,

Elihu Root.