File No. 763.72112/723
The Ambassador in Great Britain (Page) to the Secretary of State
[Received February 15.]
Sir: Referring to the Department’s telegram No. 871 of January 2, inquiring whether the term “Resinous products,” in the Royal proclamation of December 23 last,1 was intended to include “rosin” proper and at the same time requesting to be informed of the reason for which the British Government had decided to declare these products to be contraband of war, I have the honor to enclose herewith a copy of a note I have received from the Foreign Office, setting forth the reason for which. His Majesty’s Government had decided to declare these products to be contraband of war, and upon which my telegram No. 1576 of to-day2 was based.
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