File No. 102.15/44

The Ambassador in Germany (Gerard) to the Secretary of State

No. 1638]

Sir: I have the honor to inform the Department that some time ago this Embassy was requested by the Farbwerke, of Höchst on Main, to obtain, if possible, from the German Foreign Office permission for the exportation of a shipment of salvarsan and neosalvarsan ordered by the Public Health Service at Washington, D. C., through Mr. H. A. Metz, New York. The Foreign Office has now replied to the Embassy’s representations on the subject that the Imperial Government would gladly grant the desired exportation permission, provided that assurances could be given by the American Government that the goods would arrive at their destination and remain in the United States. The Foreign Office likewise stated that appropriate instructions on the subject have been given to the Imperial German Embassy at Washington.

I have [etc.]

James W. Gerard