File No. 763.72114/432
The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Germany (Gerard)
Washington, December 30, 1914.
Your 1148, 19th. Circular instruction, November 20, regarding reports on detention camps, issued because Department did not desire its diplomatic officers should be subject to charge of partiality, a probable result if diplomatic officers undertook generally, the responsibility of advising the countries at war regarding conditions of camps where their officers and men were detained.
In view of German Government’s request, the Department will inquire of the British Government whether there is objection to your appointment of some one to investigate German detention camps in England.
Your December 23, 1 p.m.1 With approval German authorities representative of Embassy may visit detention camp at Burg.
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