File No. 763.72112/1210

The Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page ) to the Secretary of State

No. 1409]

Sir: With reference to the Department’s telegram of October 14 last, No. 307,1 I have the honor to report that I have received an informal letter from Sir Edward Grey on the subject of the list of drugs and medical appliances proposed for exemption from treatment as contraband of war on the ground that they serve exclusively to aid the sick and wounded.

Sir Edward Grey informs me that the lists submitted by the Spanish Ambassador and by me have been examined by the various competent British authorities and that the list which is transmitted herewith shows the items which the British Government would be prepared to accept as coming within the description contained in the Declaration of London, provided that a general agreement among the belligerent powers can be secured.2

Sir Edward further states that he is writing in the same terms to Señor Merry del Val, the Spanish Ambassador at this capital.

I have [etc.]

Walter Hines Page
  1. Foreign Relations, 1914, Supplement, p. 834.
  2. Enclosure (of 13 pages) not printed.