File No. 763.72112/2043
The British Ambassador ( Spring Rice ) to the Secretary of State
[Received December 27.]
Dear Mr. Secretary: With reference to my telephonic message of to-day, I venture to enclose copy of a communication I am making to the press in reply to an assertion which is published to-day to the effect that the British Government has stopped all Red Cross supplies. This, of course, is not the fact, and I think it desirable to state what has actually happened. Your Department is not directly involved, as most of the correspondence took place between the Red Cross society and this Embassy, but you have kindly given me your permission to make a public statement, of which I avail myself not, I hope, in any spirit of controversy—least of all with the State Department—but merely with the object of making the facts known to the public.
I remain [etc.]