File No. 763.72112/251
The British Ambassador ( Spring Rice ) to the Acting Secretary of State
Washington , October 26, 1914.
Dear Mr. Counsellor: In compliance with your request I telegraphed on the 23d instant to my Government to enquire what was their view with regard to cotton and whether or no they considered it to be contraband. You addressed this question to me as you said there seemed to be doubts in certain quarters in this country as to the attitude of my Government.
Last night I received a reply from Sir Edward Grey in which he authorises me to give the assurance that cotton will not be seized. He points out that cotton has not been put in any of our lists of contraband and as your Department must be aware from the draft proclamation now in your possession, it is not proposed to include it in our new list of contraband. It is therefore, as far as Great Britain is concerned, in the free list and will remain there.
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