File No. 763.72/2368
The Secretary of the Navy ( Daniels ) to the Secretary of State
Sir: I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your confidential letter of the 26th instant,1 enclosing a copy of the statement made by the German Foreign Office, as given to the American Ambassador at Berlin, in relation to the request of the German Government that American warships in the Mediterranean fly the national flag during the day and illuminate ships and flag during the night.2
In reply, this Department, in view of the reasons furnished in its letter of December 10, 1915, to the Department of State, regrets exceedingly that it is unable to change its attitude in relation to this matter. . . .
Very sincerely yours,