File No. 763.72111V76/9
The British Ambassador (Spring Rice) to the Acting Secretary of State
My Dear Mr. Acting Secretary: I hasten to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of yesterday’s date informing me that according to an affidavit of the master of the Danish ship Vinland he was followed within the three-mile limit by a British warship.
I have at once communicated the sense of your letter by telegraph to the British naval authorities in order that an enquiry may be instituted, and I will not fail to communicate to you the results of such enquiry with as little delay as possible.
I am [etc.]