File No. 763.72111/543
The British Chargé d’Affaires (Barclay) to the Secretary of State
Washington, August 12, 1914.
Sir: With reference to my notes Nos. 2522 and 259 of August 4 and August 9, respectively, stating and explaining the position taken up by His Majesty’s Government in regard to the question of armed merchantmen, I have the honour to state that I have now been informed by Sir Edward Grey that exactly similar instructions were at the same time issued by him to His Majesty’s representatives in practically all neutral countries to address the same communications to the respective Governments to which they were accredited.
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