File No. 768.72111/245

The British Ambassador (Spring Rice) to the Counselor for theDepartment of State

Dear Mr. Counsellor: You were good enough to call my attention to a report which had reached your attention to the effect that a British warship had communicated by wireless with the shore a [Page 657] request for some supplies.1 I at once informed my Government, who have telegraphed to me that His Majesty’s ships have been instructed on no account to telegraph to New York for supplies or newspapers.

Yours sincerely,

Cecil Spring Rice
  1. Reports from the Navy Department of Messages intercepted from and to the Suffolk not printed (File Nos. 763.72111/133,134). According to the following letter of the Counselor for the Department to the British Ambassador, the matter was brought to the Ambassador’s attention orally