File No. 763.72112/1212

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


2212. Following note just received from Foreign Office:

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs presents his compliments to the United States Ambassador and has the honour to state that His Majesty’s Government have decided to declare a blockade of the coast of Asia Minor commencing at noon on the 2d June. The area of the blockade will extend from latitude 37° 35′ N. to latitude 40° 05′ N. and will include the entrance to the Dardanelles. Seventy-two hours’ grace from the moment of the commencement of the blockade will be given for the departure of neutral vessels from the blockaded area.2

Sir E. Grey requests that the above may be brought to the knowledge of the United States Government.

American Ambassador
  1. The Ambassador in France, by his telegram No. 816, June 7, reported that the French Government had published on the 6th a notification that this blockade would be “equally maintained by the French naval forces” (File No. 763.72112/1230).