File No. 24203/1.
The British Ambassador to the Secretary of State.
Dublin, N. H., June 27, 1910.
Sir: In your note No. 897 of the 19th ultimo you were good enough to inform me for the information of my Government of the attitude of the United States Government with request to the examination of witnesses by consular officers in the United States. This information I communicated to my Government.
I am now in receipt of a further communication from His Majesty’s principal secretary of state for foreign affairs asking me to explain to you that the taking of evidence under commission is not confined to His Majesty’s consul officers, but includes any person in whose favor such commission may be issued, and to inform you that His Majesty’s Government would be glad to learn whether the reply of the United States Government may be deemed to imply assent in these cases also.
I am further instructed to add that His Majesty’s Government would offer no opposition to the examination of witnesses in this country by any person duly authorized by the United States courts.
I have, etc.,