File No. 763.72111/1678

The German Ambassador ( Bernstorff ) to the Secretary of State

J. Nr. B 2887]

Mr. Secretary of State: Referring to your excellency’s kind note No. 1220 of the 3d instant,1 I have the honor to inform your excellency that it has been reported to me that 8 submarines are being built for Great Britain by the Union Iron Works at San Francisco, and also 12 at Boston and Seattle, and that they are to be forwarded piecemeal to England.

Referring to my note of the 27th ultimo on the subject of the delivery of submarines to Canada by the Bethlehem Steel Works, I have the, honor to ask of your excellency a prompt investigation of the matter as it seems that the boats, or at least a part of them, will be completed next week. I should be particularly obliged to your excellency if you would most kindly apprise me of the action that may have been taken in the case.

Accept [etc.]

J. Bernstorff
  1. Not printed.