File No. 763.72111/3051
The British Ambassador (Spring Rice) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 1.]
Sir: With reference to my note No. 291 of July 28,2 I understand that the United States District Court at San Francisco has rendered a decision in the case of Messrs. Blair and Addis who have been Condemned for a breach of the neutrality laws of the United States.
I have not yet received the text of this decision but in the meantime I venture to request that you will inform me as soon as possible, should you be able to do so, what action can be properly taken by British consular officers in this country in the following cases:
- Trained British soldiers who are British subjects wishing to return in order to reenter the British Army who request employment as mule or horse tenders on board vessels bound for British ports.
- British subjects who wish to enlist for the first time in the British Army.
I enclose two forms in answer to applicants which appear to me to be in conformity with the requirements of the law.
I venture to request that I may be informed whether there is any objection to these forms being used under the circumstances above described.
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