File No. 841.711/1

The Acting Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Great Britain (Page)


378. Your despatches No. 467, September 19, and No. 470, September 24. Department is of opinion that correspondence in time of war between diplomatic and consular officers in different countries sent by ordinary mail may be subject to censorship in the same manner as other private letters. But pouches under seal passing between diplomatic missions of the United States by mail or courier ought not in the opinion of this Government to be opened or molested by censors or other officials of foreign governments. The same may be said of any official correspondence under seal between diplomatic or consular officers and the Department of State. Please report any instances of opening mails contrary to these rules.