File No. 211.41/15.

The British Ambassador to the Secretary of State.

No. 231.]

Sir: Under instructions from my Government I have the honour to request you to be so good as to inform me whether the United States Government would be willing to enter into an arrangement with the Government of His Britannic Majesty by virtue of which fugitive offenders from the Philippine Islands or Guam to the State of North Borneo, or from the State of North Borneo to the Philippine Islands or Guam shall be reciprocally surrendered for offences specified in the existing treaties of extradition between the United States and His Britannic Majesty, so far as such offences are punishable both by the laws of the Philippine Islands or Guam and by the laws of the State of North Borneo.

Should your Government agree to this arrangement I should be glad to receive from you an assurance that this note will be considered [Page 550] by the United States Government as a sufficient confirmation thereof on the part of His Britannic Majesty’s Government.

I have [etc.]

Cecil. Spring Rice.