File No. 763.72111F23/30

The British Ambassador (Spring Rice) to the Secretary of State

No. 194]

Sir: I have the honour to inform you that I communicated to my Government the contents of your note of April 1 in which you were good enough to state the opinion of the United States Government that the right to the steamship Farn was a question for Great Britain and Germany to decide and not one for the United States.

In thanking you for this communication I am directed by Sir Edward Grey to state that, while His Majesty’s Government do not purpose pursuing the question of the release of the Farn at the present moment, they reserve in the fullest manner their rights in regard to the matter.

I have [etc.]

For the Ambassador:
Colville Barclay