File No. 763.72112/1383

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


2527. Following is personal note from Grey to me referring to my telegram No. 2522 of to-day:1

I am sending you a note which had been prepared and was ready before, the notes from your Government about our prize court proceedings and the Neches case were sent in last week.2 The note I now send you was therefore written without reference to these later notes; but I think it well to send it, as it explains more clearly than has yet been done why we have felt ourselves compelled to take the measures that were initiated last March, and the grounds on which we consider that they may be justified.

The notes that you have sent in about the prize court proceedings and the Neches case are receiving careful consideration and I hope to send you an answer on both of them next week.3

American Ambassador
  1. Ante, p. 168.
  2. See telegrams Nos. 1848 and 1852 of July 14 and 15 to the Ambassador in Great Britain, ante, p. 472.
  3. This communication was telegraphed a second time by the Ambassador on July 27, No. 2537, as a “covering letter” to the note of July 23, with the injunction: “Please consider this as closely related to the note itself.” In this second version of the document there appears, in place of the concluding words “next week,” a new final sentence reading: “Negotiations are pending.” (File No. 763.72112/1394.)