File No. 763.72111/2082

The German Ambassador ( Bernstorff ) to the Counselor for the Department of State

No. A 2433]

My Dear Mr. Lansing: On account of the great importance of the principles involved, I should be very much obliged to you for an official note giving the reasons why the Government of the United States withheld permission for the Pisa to clear from the harbor of New York, so that I can inform my Government without making any mistake. Personally I fail to see how this decision can be brought in accordance with the Hague convention.

I am [etc.]

J. Bernstorff