File No. 300.115/2601
The Ambassador in Great Britain (Page) to the Secretary of State
[Received March 15.]
Sir: Referring to the telegrams from the Department Nos. 780, 799 , and 821 of December 18, 21 and 23 respectively, and telegrams from this Embassy to the Department of December 23, 10 p. m., Nos. 1414 of January 5 and 1450 of January 11,2 concerning the sale of copper in neutral countries, and the investigation of alleged transactions by British concerns for the sale of copper detained or seized by the British Government, I have the honor to advise the Department that, at the time this investigation was commenced, it seemed to me to be advisable to bring to the notice of Sir Edward Grey in conversation that certain persons in the United States had expressed a suspicion that the British Government had permitted the sale of copper to neutral countries at a higher price than the Government had paid for the same copper which was purchased after the detention and seizure of American cargoes.
Sir Edward Grey has replied to my verbal inquiries in the premises in a note under date of February 18, a copy of which is enclosed herewith, in which it is stated that there is no foundation for this suspicion on the part of American citizens.
The last two paragraphs of this note have reference to the cargoes of copper which were detained and discharged at Gibraltar and are [Page 343] now in the hands of the British Government, regarding which I had the honor to advise the Department by cable on the 19th instant.1
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